Stumbling Towards Proficiency
In CEP 900/930, we were tasked with creating an audio interview that demonstrated motivation in learning. Here is my interview with Paul Oh, senior program associate with the National Writing Project.
I chose to interview Paul Oh for many reasons. First and foremost, he is one of the most motivated learners I know. He is a curious person who is willing to engage in many topics, to see all sides of an issue, and to help others think deeply. He seems to do this, at least from my vantage point, out of a strong sense of an intrinsic need to know more and do better. Paul has been using social media to connect with numerous teachers across the nation, and from my interview with him, I learned that Paul cares deeply for his work, just as he deeply values the intellectual engagement of his many activities. In my final audio below, I note that the most significant aspect of our almost two hour conversation (don’t worry: I agonized to cut it down to two-and-a-half minutes) was how incredibly valuable it is to Paul to have the opportunity to engage in the exchange of ideas in his own way. This sense of autonomy is fostered by both his work and his use of social media. I think as teachers, it is easy to forget that our students have their own curiosities and ways of learning, and that by fostering those we can in turn foster a motivation to learn throughout a lifetime.