I am spending this week in Winnipeg, Manitoba with Matt Henderson of Saint-John’s Ravenscourt School (SJR). Matt’s teaching and research focus on a few deep interests of mine, ecoliteracy and experience in educaton. Its been wonderful to get to know him better, and share time this week on a new level. As part of the visit I wrote a short piece called a “New Field of Learning”. The paper title is inspired by a Rumi quote first read in Roberts (2012), “Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” The short paper takes a wide view of a new movement in education weaving scholastics and experience. My work on the design of The Bridge Year is also part of the paper and used as an example design and possibility in this movement.
The paper was inspiration for a teacher workshop I delivered to Upper School faculty at SJR and was published in the Manitoba Association of Computer Educators and Manitoba Social Science Teachers Association journal ahead of a gathering this week.
If you are not following Matt Henderson yet, I would wholeheartedly recommend it. He is an inspiration and will be a guiding figure in the new fields of education.