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Emotional Overdose in Education Discourse

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Over the course of a couple of weeks, I have come across three different notions that put emotion/care at the center for teaching and learning. Made me wonder why it’s not common to talk about something so obviously important and central to learning!

Most recently I started reading Mindstorms by Papert (thank you Audrey, hybridped and fedwikihappening folks for bringing him to my attention strangely at the same time) and he talks about his story of falling in love with gears as a kid and how it helped him learn lots of other things.

Earlier I came across Dave Cormier’s post on the importance of learners caring – that nothing else matters if learners couldn’t give a sh*t. Well, yeah! And it’s different from engagement because discourse on engagement to me sounds like the teacher has what they believe is valuable and tries to convince students to enjoy it; whereas care is much more subtle and both complex and simple: it’s where the learner is at, and reaching them there because we care about them as whole people not just as students for a semester.

Last thing which I came across a couple weeks ago but was reminded of today is the newish notion of emotional presence to augment the Community of Inquiry model. That emotional presence is separate from social and teacher presence. Here is Terry Anderson’s post on it (i have strong feelings about how the post and comments are written but will refrain here coz in a hurry).

Anyway -this overload of emotion needed to be recorded and I will come back to discuss it soon, i am sure.

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