I’m learnerate and loving it!

In my previous post I can do this – one step at a time! I shared two words that I had just learned: illearnerate and learnacy*. I was excited by the power of their meaning and proudly declared myself to be learnerate.

But it wasn’t always that way. Like the students Guy Claxton described in his article Learning to learn: a key goal in a 21st century curriculum, I had been schooled to be illearnerate. Over time, with the opportunity to take control of my learning and follow my interests, I developed a passion for learning, especially learning about learning, and became learnerate. Enthusing others about learning has been a life-long ambition and journey.

Included in that post were two videos in which I demonstrated ways I use PowerPoint. I found out immediately after publishing that the ways I demonstrated weren’t the most efficient. I am grateful to Bec for informing me of a better way of saving PowerPoint slides as images; and also for the consideration she showed by informing me away from my blog in order to reduce the chances of my feeling  embarrassment about having  my “primitive” method pointed out (my words, not hers).

Bec’s consideration for my feelings as a learner was in great contrast to school experiences in which humiliation and ridicule seemed the preferred way of dealing with any inadequacy, real or imagined.  Whenever a lack of knowledge or skill was revealed, rather than being perceived as an opportunity for learning, it was seen as an opportunity to be singled out, chastised and embarrassed in front of as many others as possible.


One particular instance stands out in my memory.  I was in year eight. History tests had been marked and handed back; all except mine.  I tentatively raised my hand and told the teacher. Wrong move. The teacher made a big show of looking for my paper, finally “finding” it in a stack of papers on the desk and announcing to the class that it had been set aside as it was such poor work and I should be thoroughly ashamed of myself.

Over the years I have come to realise that there is no shame in not knowing, or not being able to do something. It simply indicates an opportunity for learning. It is rare that someone will intentionally do less than the best they know how. If there is a better way, they need to be shown. Thank you, Bec, for showing me.

My intention for this post was, and still is, to share my recipe for Pinwheel sandwiches. At the time of making the videos used in the previous post, I had already made the PowerPoint but had not made each slide into an image for uploading to my blog. How lucky was I that Bec told me a much more efficient way before I had done so! Instead of saving as a PDF, and then snipping and saving an image of each individual slide as I had demonstrated, all I had to do was click “Save As” and select “PNG” as the file type and every slide was saved as an individual image. Simple: very quick and easy, as I demonstrate in this 90 second video!


And now for my pinwheel sandwiches. They also are simple, very quick and easy; very popular and just as tasty as they look!




*Think of the terms illiterate and literacy and apply them to learning and you will have a good idea of the meaning.

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9 thoughts on “I’m learnerate and loving it!

  1. Bec

    Hi Nor, I am really enjoying your discussion on the learnerate concept. Such a helpful way to think about education! “Do you know all the flags of the world?” “No, but I know how to find out if I need to know, and can think of some interesting questions about why we would have flags and their symbolism in modern society!” The pinwheels look delicious, as I know them to be!

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      1. writersideup

        That’s definitely a “lemonade from lemons” way to look at his behavior, but are you saying that he is the one who inspired you to become a teacher? I’m so tired and read so many things…did I miss that fact somehow? Is it that you wanted to be the opposite of him?

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        1. Norah Post author

          Sorry for the confusion, but that teacher definitely wasn’t an inspiration! Perhaps though the way I had been treated, including by this teacher, made me want to do a better job and definitely not do that to children once I had decided on teaching as a career. 🙂

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  2. Annecdotist

    Lovely how you have so clearly illustrated a learning process. I wonder if that nasty teacher you had was part of your inspiration to become one yourself and save other kids from that potential humiliation. You have to wonder what kind of mentality makes people want to be so cruel to the people they are supposed to help.

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you Anne. I hope that the cruelty has reduced in incidence as times have progressed. It is interesting that I would want to be a teacher after my school experiences. I have never been able to explain why, but I think what you have perceived is at least part of it.

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