Have you ever had one of those learning experiences that pretty much slaps you in the face and wakes you up from a stupor that you didn’t know you were in? It generally never happens in an academic learning environment. This rude awakening generally happens in a life situation. This happened to me the other day. My son did this to me and I don’t even know if he realizes it.
My son has a fascinating relationship with learning. He is a tinkerer. He learns by doing. He reminds me of the Aristotle quote “for the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” I like to call him a fearless learner (even though he does not like academic learning...hmmm interesting topic for another day). He is always taking something apart and putting it back together with different parts and pieces. I encourage this wholeheartedly. He has complete reign in my tool box and he has a place in our backyard where he simply takes things apart and puts them back together in interesting and different ways.
Sometimes he is successful and sometimes not so much. He even loves the “epic failures”. Quite often I go out there with him and mess things up as well. There is one particular time that I want to tell you about. This is the time when I got proverbially slapped in the face with what I like to call “a learning wake up”. Here is what happened, I call it the wheels.