Throughout my many years of teaching, I have heard much talk and read a lot of research on creating environments conducive to student learning. As teachers we are constantly encouraged to make sure we are creating learning environments that maximize and enhance the learning of students. I agree that this is an important consideration for every teacher when they are preparing to teach a class.
However, in all my years of teaching I have never received any advice about the kind of environment I need to work effectively. No-one has ever challenged me to think about this.
Question: In what environment are you most productive?
As a result of reflecting on this question, I have been able to answer it for myself. I work best in a quiet environment where noise and distractions are minimal and where I can focus for an extended period of time. Specifically for me, this environment is usually a café or an aeroplane, and my pen and my computer are usually nearby. This kind of environment is most conducive to my learning. For many of you this learning environment would not work for you. Everyone is different so find out what works best for you.
Let me ask you the question again: In what environment are you most productive?
This week’s assignment:
Try and be more self aware about the kind of environments where you find yourself working really effectively. Is it at your home? In your office? At your desk? In a café? With music in the background? Do you need silence? Do you need long uninterrupted sessions or can you function better with short, timed sessions? Think about these things and come with your answer to the question: In what environment are you most productive?
Enjoy the journey,
And more importantly,
Enjoy the moments.