Wander views

By Anna Swagerman - Jun 18th, 2016

“I’m looking forward to let TEDx suprise me. The event today is on education and learning. I myself learn something new everyday; I’m always searching for new tips and tricks so I feel appealed to the subject of the event. I’m not sure what to expect of the program so I’m just taking it all in and put my mind on zero. Figuratively speaking of course. One should not phrase it like that on an event about learning.”

“I learned about TEDx through their videos and therefore ended up on this event about lifelong learning. I like to visit inspirational days like this to optimize my work as a supporter of the educational system. One realizes that it is not merely about methods and techniques but foremost about the people behind this system. How do we develop ourselves and what does this mean for the way we learn; that is one of my biggest interests. I’m convinced that we should aim for a combination of offline and online learning. To educate our children we have to consider their reality. I have four boys myself in the age of 12 to 16 years old and notice how they are continually distracted by various media. One could try to counteract this but that is not the way it works. It is our challenge to adapt learning to their experiences. That is an art in itself.”

“I saw a post on Facebook that you could win a free ticket for the TEDx lifelong learning event when you had a good idea about education. Apparently I had one. My idea is that we should implement creative thinking as a course. Everyone is talking about how important it is but I don’t see enough action. Let’s start for instance with sending the ministry of Education on a training for creative thinking. Our learning system forces us from an early age to think logically and analytically. The same holds for organizations; when you introduce a wild idea it’s easily criticized. This inhibits creative thinking while this is the way to come up with innovative ideas! I always encourage people when they share their unique thoughts with me. ‘How fun you came up with that notion!’ I myself also come up with interesting ideas every now and then. Today I don’t think I had one yet cause it’s early morning and I first need a coffee. However, the decision to come here this morning already proved to be quite a good idea in itself.”

“I have been a math teacher for forty years. At this TEDx education event I’m helping children to fold spatial objects made out of paper; cubes, tetrahedrons, you name it. During my career I enjoyed the challenge to explain complicated matters in an understable way. A cube on a picture in a book appears to be flat, but what does it really look like? When you want to learn more about the characteristics of spatial objects it helps when you can actually hold them. ‘Boys, take a close look’, I always called when they were facing a difficult calculation. I’m retired now for some time but I still notice that these are the fun aspects of my discipline which children love to engage in.”

“For my work as a coach I try to share my knowledge and experiences, which makes this TEDx event on lifelong learning interesting for me. After high school I aspired to either go to acting school or become a drama teacher. Eventually I decided for teacher because of my fascination for sharing knowledge and inspiration. Oftentimes education is focused on memorizing data whereas a lot of people experience difficulties with this. For me this was certainly the case. Knowledge that was shared with me visually is that what lasted. The stories from history class I can remember vividly, while list of dates were a real struggle for me. Slowly I discovered my personal way of obtaining knowledge. Maybe this explains my continuing interest in new ways of learning.”

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