Over these last four weeks my 13 year old son has been at home. There has been a few weeks of home learning and some holiday time. I have been reflecting on how the experience of learning at home is changing our expectations about school, learning and education.
I wonder if you are also thinking the same?
I have seen his frustrations, work ethic and boredom. All in close-up. I have noticed what he is capable of and we have talked about some of his reflections on his experience learning from home.
Perhaps our parental expectations of ‘school’ are changing as we sit and read this. Gradual, incremental shifts in what we think is valuable or what we think is possible. We might not be conscious of it. But it is likely to be there. A change in expectation might not even be applied or active. But it will likely rise in the future when we look back and make reference to what our family experienced.
I also have been thinking a lot about transition. Not the transition into this new way of working and learning. But the next transition. It is that transition that fascinates me most. As I was writing that previous sentence I wrote it is a transition 'back’. 'Back’ to the way we were. 'Back’ to normal. However I don’t think this is possible. Is it?
The next transition for families, educators and learners will be out of this crisis and these emergency learning measures. It has the potential to be a shift for the better. We are still at that crossroads of a million forking paths. Which way do you think we will head?