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Joyful Jubilant Learning

September 18th, 2006 · 2 Comments

Doesn’t that sound wonderful?  "Joyful, jubilant learning"??

In reality, it probably doesnt describe our days at school, and maybe not even those days at university… Whilst I liked school, and never minded the learning, I cannot say I would have ever described it as joyful or jubilant. 

And I am sure if I were to ask my children, especially Captain Scarlett who is ensconced in his room as I write, studying for two mid-semester exams tomorrow (maths and chemistry on the same day – yuk!), they would say that learning at school is more of a task or chore than a joyous experience.

But these days, a more mature, yes – maybe even wiser – me can accept that learning can be a whole lot of fun.  In fact, learning that is fun, joyful, captivating and positive is really the only way to learn – isnt it?

Hmm, well, except for those life lessons we learn ‘the hard way’.  I guess what I am talking about is the voluntary, ‘I WANT to learn’ type learning.  The learning that keeps us up to date.  The learning that ignites the spark, turns on the magical ‘excitement’ tap of previously unseen possibilities and takes us to new, wonderful places.

Like teaching a child how to play chess – and watching their joy as they come to grips not only with the rules, but with the nuances of the game, and the fact that they can ‘get’ it… no matter how foreign it seemed to them in the beginning.

This month, I have been taken on a learning journey like no other I have ever experienced.  Over at Talking Story, Rosa is hosting the Joyful, Jubilant Learning forum, with a different author sharing their perspective on learning every single day.  And it isnt only the 27 posts that provide us with the learning, it’s the comments and sparked conversations between community members.

September isnt over yet – so there is so much more wisdom yet to come – why dont you pop on over and read a little, and continue to return to explore even more new horizons and experiences?

Authors so far have talked with passion about encouraging our children, and the youth of today, to develop a love of learning.  Like here and here.  Earning the jersey for ‘lifelong’ learner is one I am aiming for – and I do hope that I am imparting the love of learning (in one way or another) to my children.

Others have written about things like living and learning from the ‘outside in‘; a new condition called ‘Compulsio Literosa‘; how one test changed a life; and adding SPARK to your business…

I was thinking about giving a short list of my favourite posts, but decided against it. 

Firstly, they are ALL good – how could I chose??

And secondly, learning is such a personal experience and what I may have gained a lot from, you may not.  What may have left me luke-warm (not that there really are any of these in this forum) may excite you beyond belief! 

So, let me just give an unabashed plug for two of my favourite women – Chris Owen of Pink Apple Connections shared her learning journey towards a marriage-made-in-heaven over the weekend – Shaking off your ‘Is-that-all-there-is’ blues.  And Leah Maclean gave us some brilliant tips about how to sound like you know what you’re talking about – technically speaking – with a great french analogy in 10 Ways to become fluent in technology.  What I like best about Leah’s post is that most of these tips could apply to many learning situations!

What are you learning today?

Tags: Resourcing for Women Who Do Too Much · Wonder Woman

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rosa Say // Sep 19, 2006 at 4:04 am

    Aloha Karen,
    Mahalo, thank you, for this wonderful commentary on JJL ‘06, our Ho‘ohana Community learning forum! You’ve voiced a common reflection popping up for those of us who are parents; we’re thinking about what we can do to bring our children’s school experience closer to that possibility of joy and jubilation. In the process, I think we are also growing in our respect for those educators they spend their days with, and perhaps becoming a bit more open-minded about the challenges they face.

    And then, we think, “me too!” We can allow learning to color our lives in transformational ways. Our sharing of aloha this month is in wanting that for everyone, for the joy of it can transform our world in the process.

    Thank you for this wonderful posting!
    Ho‘ohana; kūlia ke ‘ike loa, (work with the passion which comes from seeking your own learning)

  • 2 The Clearing Space // Sep 24, 2006 at 1:03 pm

    On learning how to learn and taking responsibility for our own learning

    Learning is on my mind. My own private learning; the extreme inputs of learning coming from Rosa Say’s Joyful Jubilant Learning September at Talking Story; the mid-semester exam experiences of my 16 year old son Captain Scarlett; and those of

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