Authentic Learning

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:

  1. The master has the opportunity to instill and express, in some manner, his or her mastery in the student.
  2. Slow enough to allow for true rootedness and integration.
  3. Result of perseverance through the barrier of frustration and boredom.
  4. 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.
  5. It never ends — Alleluia  ! ! !

I believe this is the strategy of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Fr. Thomas

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2 thoughts on “Authentic Learning

  1. And, it must include a change in our bodies, which is why God wants us to “taste” what is good (participate in the sacraments)!

  2. Lukia,

    Thanks so much for your comment.

    I am glad you mentioned the body in the learning process.I believe that the body is one facet of our being into which learning must become deeply rooted. The body and all other facets of our being must be integrated and become “espressers” of Divine grace. The sacramental life of the Body of Christ as summed up in and experienced in the Divine LIturgy and all the other Mysteries is an effective means for this learning that roots, transforms, and integrates.

    “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit which dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11)

    Thanks again for entering to the conversation…

    Fr. Thomas

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