Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators Book Study
FEBRUARY Topic: BE A LEARNER (develops CURIOSITY)
If we see challenges as opportunities for learning, if we engage our curiosity whenever we're presented with an obstacle, we're more likely to find solutions. This habit and disposition help us not just survive adversity but thrive in the aftermath.
The Conscious Competence Ladder: Understanding the Learning Journey
Learning new things is hard! Read about this framework that helps us understand the four stages of learning.
Unconscious incompetence. At this stage, we don't know that we don't have a skill or that we need to learn it. We are blissfully ignorant and our competence exceeds our abilities. Our task on this rung is to figure out what skills we need to learn.
Conscious incompetence. At this stage, we know we don't have the skills we're trying to acquire. We realize that others are much more competent and that they can easily do things that make us struggle. We can lose confidence at this stage or give up on our learning. This is when we most need to manage discomfort, fear, and anxiety, and to boost our confidence.
Conscious competence. On this rung, we know that we have the skills we have worked to attain. As we put our knowledge and skill set into regular practice, we gain even more confidence. We still may need to concentrate when we perform these skills, but, as we get more practice and experience, these activities become increasingly automatic. We need to use these skills as often as possible in order to move into the next stage.
Unconscious competence. At this level, we don't know that we have the skills. We use our new skills effortlessly and perform tasks without conscious effort. We are confident of success. In order to keep growing, we need to teach these newly acquired skills to others. This deepens our understanding of the material and keeps our skills finely tuned; teaching the skills also can be regarding. Be warned: We can go backwards down the ladder if we don't regularly use our skills.
The One-Sentence Journal
If you don't really like writing (or are struggling to find the time!), try keeping a one-sentence journal. This could be in a calendar or keep a sweet notebook with you. Just script one sentence with a few details about your day, a light reflection, or a statement about your mindset or heart. Read more at the link below.