I loved my time in college. Even now, my wife says that if I could get paid to go to school, I’d be all over it. And she’s right; I’m a naturally curious learner. To some degree, all of us are; some people feed that desire more than others, while others suppress it or let it atrophy, or only learn new things when required by the job.
Psychologists differentiate between a static mindset and a growth mindset. More and more, we’re recognizing the necessity of continuous improvement in our learning. Cecelia Meis writes,
“A growing body of research shows that neurologically, growth mindsets stabilize existing neural pathways and even construct new ones, allowing connections between information and response to happen faster and more reliably.” (Success Magazine, Spring 2019, p. 23)
So, it behooves us to develop and nurture our minds whether it’s actually necessary for our jobs or not.
This brings us to the purpose of this blog. As I think and grow and learn, I want to share some of that to benefit others. To that end, the theme of this blog is “supporting life-long learners.” To do that, I plan to target my writing around four main topics that I hope will be helpful:
- PRODUCTIVITY – organization, goal-setting, personal assessment such as DiSC or CliftonStrengths
- LEADERSHIP – including educational effectiveness through classroom management
- CHRISTIAN THOUGHT – theology, philosophy, biblical literacy, cultural observation and critique
- CHURCH LIFE – especially in the areas of preaching and worship
…all from a biblically-informed world-view.
So I invite you to join me in this journey. Let’s set up shop here and discuss the world as we see it. Meis goes on to say, “Remember that learning new things isn’t always about getting a raise or earning a promotion. Learning in all forms is inherently beneficial.” (Ibid, p. 24) Let’s discover the joys of life-time learning and how we can help one another on the way. Please follow me; I hope to post 3 times per week. Share this with your friends, and by all means, please join the conversation and comment. I’ll do my best to reply.
Question to discuss: What subject (topic, skill) do you most like to learn about just for the fun of it, and why?