This week is going to be full of learning for us…and potentially quite challenging. We are preparing ourselves for some uncomfortable moments.
If you are reading this and know that we are working with you this week, you have no need to worry. The 'learning' is more to do with our peripheral tasks!
For those of you who have watched with interest during training events as Andrew organises the resource boxes and bans me (Lynne) from even going near them...this week I get to learn! The question is 'who is likely to be more uncomfortable?'.
Andrew is recovering from recent surgery and has been advised not to lift/carry anything for 3 months. We have needed to react positively to this news and reassess how we prepare for events. It has left us reflecting in a very real way on the emotions that occur during moments of new learning - however insignificant the learning may seem to others.
Learning can definitely be uncomfortable - for all involved. Whether you are the perceived 'teacher' or the 'learner' in the task. In fact, more often than not, the 'teacher' can be equally uncomfortable during new learning situations - the moment when you relinquish control, take that risk and trust your learners to take ownership. Sometimes the most difficult task is knowing when NOT to step in.
So - this week we head to East Sussex. I will be carrying boxes, organising resources and ensuring everything is packed away in the correct place. These tasks are not usually high on my list of priorities. They are not within my preferred skill-set. Yet, I am motivated to learn and to achieve success.
Motivation and relevance is key to new learning. I'm also pretty sure that I will be needing some 'gentle' guidance, support and recognition of progress this week. And, who knows, I may even develop some muscles as a by-product of my new learning. ;-)