“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid” – Albert Einstein
I believe that all children can learn.
I believe in giving students learning tools to empower their own learning. In my experience as a musician, I have come to appreciate the importance of learning how to learn. Self-assessment, self-reflection, and creative problem-solving techniques are tools that can be drawn on throughout the educational journey and beyond. This will provide a solid foundation for a life-long journey of learning and discovery.
I want my students to feel excited about learning. This may be encouraged through the use of appropriately scaled challenges. Proper differentiation and the use of Universal Design for Learning enables each child to learn at his or her own pace and experience success instead of discouragement and negative judgement. Accomplishment can be a powerful motivator and will reinforce each student’s sense of self-efficacy. I imagine that each little accomplishment does for the brain what fresh air and exercise do for the body. Just as the body responds to physical exercise with increased efficiency, power and stamina, the brain responds to stimulation and success with increased focus, creativity and problem-solving savvy. Not to mention the post-workout rush of endorphins!
The experience of a moment of real enjoyment related to learning may very well be what will endure beyond the classroom. It comes back to the words of Einstein: “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school”.
Perhaps Mr. Einstein had seen too much of what Calvin describes below: