I first heard about the learning pit from my wife, a marvellous grade 3 teacher. I was feeling frustrated trying to learn a new skill and she encouraged me to have a “growth mindset”. Uh, what?
Before you step into the learning pit you have a clear idea of what you want to learn. As you stretch outside your comfort zone and begin learning, you begin to experience conflict and confusion — and frustration. The way out of the pit is to construct meaning that will lead to a new clarity and understanding of the situation.
Follow along as I experience a little cognitive-conflict while I create a blog… It’s called a pit for a good reason.