Yesterday I found myself running.
running from a lecture to the train
running from the train to the tube
running to another meeting
running to reply to the emails
and then I stopped.
I have a weekly meeting that, at the moment, keeps me grounded in hope, friendship, and a shared vision.
I had one of those moments when the person I was talking with held up a metaphorical mirror and I stopped.
I stopped and saw that sometimes in a semester learning is like running, and we (I) think there is a finish line, we (I) think we can see that finish line, and if we (or the students) fall off the track – sometimes we haven’t really fallen off but we are just running in a different way – in slow motion for a moment, in reflection for a moment. Breathing for a moment.
I have had a few of those ‘mirror’ moments in the past few weeks, and they have made a huge difference to my learning. I am so glad someone stopped me so I could see that gap, and the learning that happens there.
Now I need to learn to give my students the space to have their time, and to sometimes stop running.
Mind the (learning) Gap !