In summer 2015 Creating Landscapes will be experiencing its twenty-sixth season while the Gifted and Talented Collaboration (a Landscapes Learning Satellite) launches its seventeenth year. As it turns out this quarter century exploration of learning and teaching has yielded more questions than answers. Nevertheless some things have become very clear.
We now understand that landscapes learningis differentiated by a commitment to quality, simplicity, integrity, justice and fun. We have evidence that finding expressive form has the potential to transform individuals, relationships and communities—especially learning communities. We realize that aesthetic experience depends on critical understanding as well as enlarged capacity for noticing, listening, sensing and feeling. We do know that the success of our serious playenterprisedepends on choosing collaborators carefully and learning to leverage the resources at hand. And finally, we are beginning to suspect that of equal value to forming significant questions is finding the courage to challenge traditional answers.
Our clarifications are supported by a theory of learning known as constructivism. Some general ideas that come from constructivism may be useful to keep in mind as we continue our processes of rethinking and reforming our educational practices:
Speaking of verbs, you will be interested to note that in the twenty-first century revision of Bloom’s Taxonomy of higher to lower thinking skills nouns are replaced by gerunds.
And finally, in the service of creating intergenerational dialogue among a diverse learning community please remember to honor deep listening, collaboration, cooperation and consideration!
Coordinator Creating Landscapes Learning Programs
Gifted and Talented Allegheny Coordinator