Potential learning and learning

Potential learning – the kind that inspires reflection that leads to change – happens when we’re surprised. Effective teaching/learning environments, as a result, engineer surprise. It is what great teachers do habitually.

Learning – the kind that results in change – happens when we experience discomfort or pain. When folks think of learning, they often think of the classroom. But, classrooms don’t carry the kind of risk of pain or discomfort.

In reality, a commitment to learning requires us to trade-off comfort.