Undoing by Replacing

There’s a great Theodore Roethke poem, called “The Waking,” that houses and repeats this line: “I learn by going where I have to go.”

I’ve written often on this blog about my own learning and how it is frequently driven by a network imperative — “going where I have to go” — followed by conscious synthesis of Internet ephemera into relevant and meaningful knowledge for my work.

Today’s version of the above started with this Dan Pink tweet:

When I followed the link, I “met” rocket scientist Ozan Varol, who encourages us parents to undo, by replacing, some of our standard questions and prompts.  Here are my favorites:

“What did you learn today?” vs. “What did you disagree with today?”

“What did you accomplish this week?” vs. “What did you fail at this week?”

“Here’s how you do that.” vs. “How would you solve this problem?”

“You can’t do that.” vs. “What would it take to do that?”

“Did you make a new friend today?” vs. “How did you help someone today?”

Here’s the link to the full post and Varol’s admission that the post is, in itself, a trojan horse.

I learn by clicking where I have to click.

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