What Does Learning Look Like?
What if we captured our learning in jars to examine through glass walls…
…like a child collects caterpillars in a jar.
Children treasure their collections. They check in on them. They poke holes in the lid to make sure the collections can breathe.
What if we collected experiences and insights and feelings in the same way? A jar of travel. A jar of gratitude. A jar of love.
When we hold a jar up to the light for a better look, what do we see?
My Hands. I spent some time looking at my hands, searching for spiral whorls. I found them on my thumbs. The prints on my other fingers look like arches. I want to make lists of all the things my hands reveal, the ways my hands help me in a day, the possibilities in using hands as a metaphor.
I wonder about other things I can learn from metaphor. I decide to start a metaphor jar. In the jar I’ll collect phrases and images that connect to me. Then I’ll open the jar in a year and see if the meaning has changed.
I think about the importance of reflection in the learning process. How can I make more space to reflect and to capture the lessons learned in a day, a month, a year?