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  • Writer's pictureIan Gibbs

Constructionism


I was playing an interesting little game with my daughter the other day - it was a lazy afternoon and we got the box of Lego and each of us take a handful of pieces.


Then, using just one piece at a time from our hand, we took it in turns to build… a house.


It started predictably, but as occasional unusual piece got involved, the house became weirder with bits sticking out here and there and the occasional wheel sticking out of a wall as you can see in the photo.


This is a lovely example of our learning process. Whether in a training day or masterclass, nobody starts with the same pieces (of knowledge). Not everyone grasps the new pieces and fits them together in the same way.


This approach to learning is called Constructionism, and it’s important because it recognises the individual as a unique learning unit, rather than painting everyone with the same brush and expecting them all to end up the same.


So if your new year’s resolution is to improve your communication, your productivity or your leadership, remember that just because you receive the right pieces, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re putting them together in the right way.


Learning is an individual process, and how you construct your new skill set is entirely your own challenge.


Happy building 😃

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