Are You a Lifelong Learner?

We should always be learning. Are you a self-professed learner for life? I like stories about people’s lifelong learning journeys. We are presented with daily learning opportunities, but it is the how and why of people’s stories that I like the best. People who have a yearning for more information and knowledge are what make our world a better place.

Recently, two of our AIMS Facilitators shared their current learning pursuits with me. Carmella Crawford started by saying, “when we retire we shouldn’t stop learning.” Her recent learning “ah-ha” moment came when she watched an archived AIMS Colloquium facilitated by Dr. James Tanton about “Exploding Dots”. Carmella said she enjoyed the video and paused several times so she could experience the challenges that were given. “It was exhilarating,” she said. “I have not stopped thinking of how I can take this experience and share it with students.”

Carmella Crawford is an educator in West Virginia. During her time as an educator, she has taught students of all ages, levels, and subjects. Carmella leads by example because of her ongoing self-driven pursuit of knowledge. She gives the students she teaches a great example of what being a lifelong learner is.

Chris Franklin shared that he used to tell his childhood friends, “If I could stay in school for the rest of my life, I would.” Lifelong learning is an intrinsic part of his life. His journey leads him to look for ways to improve his classroom teaching. He is currently working on a second Master’s degree at Rice University in Houston.

A path that includes lifelong learning is ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated. Learning is not divided into a place or time to acquire knowledge. Instead, learning can be seen as something that takes place in our daily interactions with others and with the world around us. What are you learning about right now?

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