Risky Learning – A Leap of Faith

What should define the learning experiences that we offer children? Value added? Every Child Matters – related? Embedded within New Technologies? VAK-friendly? Possibly all of these might be important, but maybe there is an element of learning that is more fundamental than even these. Risk. We should endeavour to be and encourage risky learners. Not dangerous risks of course, but measured risks. Learning that might result in failure, loss of face, disappointment, but which, if successful, will lead to encouragement, excitement, inspiration and continued motivation. If we are going to be life-long learners, leaders of learning and pioneers in finding new ways to inspire future generations of learners and leaders then we too must take some risks, learn some new things, and feel excited about our learning. What will you try out today? Here is something I tried at our first assembly (don’t do this at home as a Yr6 pupil reminded me afterwards…):

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