Sharing Experiences and Learning Together

Culture: (n) the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time

Thinking: (v) the action of using your mind to produce ideas, decisions, memories, etc.

In the past few weeks, in diverse contexts, I have been engaged in many conversations about a culture of thinking.  But what does this really mean… a culture of thinking?  In my mind, the root of a culture of thinking is that of a culture of sharing.  It is coming together in many ways to share our thoughts or puzzle over something or get advice.  At the heart of our sharing is to create meaningful learning opportunities for our students.

Sharing (v.)

  • a: to partake of, use, experience, occupy, or enjoy with others
  • b: to have in common
  • c: to grant or give a share in – often used with with
  • d: to tell (as thoughts, feelings, or experiences) to others – often used with with

 To me, a culture of sharing is one that:

  • cherishes the sharing of ideas and experiences
  • values differing opinions and perspectives
  • celebrates those who seek advice and support
    • …as much as those who share their stories of success
  • is grounded in our hope to constantly improve our practice
  • and, is deeply rooted in trust and sincerity

Shameless Plug for more Shared Learning Experiences

AES is a special place where people come together in numerous and varied ways to support our desire to share our experiences and grow in our practice.  I was so excited by your enthusiasm to share in our discussion groups on The Smartest Kids in the World, and so impressed by the depth of understanding and thoughtfulness during the discussions.

To promote more opportunities for these shared experiences, we have combed the professional library to find more books to promote shared experiences.  We are planning a variety of book discussion groups for the spring.  If you are interested, please complete this FORM.  We will get back with you shortly…

Citations: All definitions were gathered from the online, Merriam-Webster dictionary.