by Nancy Evans
Think back to some of the most extraordinary learning moments in your life. Think of one moment in which something became suddenly very clear, or you had a realization that changed the way you would think or feel forever, or opened you to something unimaginable and exhilarating.
Take your time. I can wait.
Now think about the circumstances of that moment. Was anyone instrumental? Were you at home, school, work? What were you doing at the time? How did you feel? Were you aware of the significance immediately?
I would wager that many transformative learning experiences don't even happen in the classroom. Wherever it happens, it is in the moment of being fully awake and engaged that authentic learning is so powerful. When students are engaged, they own their learning. What can we learn from our own moments of transformative learning that we can bring to the classroom?