This is the first in an unknown number of blog posts in which I wanted to explore this idea with you. I want us to start off by applying it three ways. - Our students. - Our students education. - Ourselves
Let me elaborate.
Our Students There are knowns. There name is an obvious example. There are known unknowns. For example, in the beginning that might be what group the student works best in. There are unknown unknowns. For example there current home life. We don’t know there is something we don’t know that might be something we could benefit from knowing.
Is it our responsibility to find out?
Our Students' Education Knowns. What they have studied so far, and hopefully still know. Known unknowns. Presumably this is why they are on your course. Unknown Unknowns. This could be related to why they are on your course, because they haven't correctly identified their future options, because they don’t know what options they have.
When so much of their learning is taken care of from the age of 5 till 16, how easy is it to suddenly have complete choice, to pick up a prospectus and correctly identify and apply for the course for them. When they don’t know what they don’t know.
Our Learning Rightly or wrongly, there seems to be two main reactions against CPD. If you have received poor training in the past, then all training in the future will be poor. Or it is a known known and therefore there is nothing to be gained.
Could more be done to enable us to identify our own known unknowns, and work towards discovering our unknown unknowns? Costs permitting of course.
We need to apply the same level of individualized/ personalized learning to ourselves.