In her blog post Not All Who Wander are Lost, a Lesson in Leadership, Tina Zita writes
… “It’s hard to give yourself that permission to wander, the permission to not take the standard path set out. Education seems to have a pretty clear pathway for leadership: step 1 leads to step 2 leads to step 3, the quicker the better. Like the city walls, they become a constant reminder of a common path I haven’t chosen to take yet. Sometimes wandering feels uncomfortable.” …
This analogy of clearing one’s mind, taking time to simply be and explore the non traditional path really resonates with me.
Personal growth is an individualized journey. I do not believe the journey is simply a long sequence of pre-planned, must follow steps – arguably, hoops to jump through. Perhaps our professional learning looks (or should like) more like the diagram on the right which is often used to describe student learning.
Taking time to clear your mind, unclutter thinking, unlearn, explore options, different paths and new viewpoints IS the journey.
As Donna Miller Fry recently tweeted,
Take time to wander! What will your personal professional learning journey look like?
Read Tina’s blog.
‘messy image from http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/learning/2012/04/learning-is-messy/