Recently, from at least four different sources, I have been reminded of how authentic learning takes place. When I use the term “authentic learning,” I mean learning that is rooted deep within every facet of our being and, through this learning, integrates every facet of our being and expresses itself through every facet of our being.
What are the basic characteristics of such learning?
There are many. Let me list five:
- The master has the opportunity to instill and express, in some manner, his or her mastery in the student.
- Slow enough to allow for true rootedness and integration.
- Result of perseverance through the barrier of frustration and boredom.
- Pursued by a community of learners who have the freedom to learn at the pace that fosters both #1, #2, and #3 and challenges each student to respect the other student’s learning journey of learning.
- It never ends — Alleluia ! ! !
I believe this is the strategy of the Holy Spirit in our lives.