Recently, Jim wrote an article for ACSD called Escape From the Zero-Learning Zone. This article discusses why educators frequently turn away from opportunities to learn, and what we can do about it. Jim identifies the zero-learning zone as a place we go to when we act, consciously or unconsciously, in ways that block our own learning. Examples of this can be turning down the opportunity to work with a coach, not wanting to be videotaped in fear of how you may look, adopting beliefs that isolate us from new ideas, blaming others, making excuses, and dismissing feedback.
Ultimately, what gets someone in the zero-leading zone is fear, having to challenge your own identity, and lack of hope. After Jim identifies what the zero-learning zone is, he offers suggestions on how to step out of it. You can read the article in its entirety by clicking here.
If you’d like, you can also listen to a podcast on the zero-learning zone by clicking here.
Next year’s theme for TLC 2019 is keep learning. The article referenced above is a great example of what it looks like to keep learning and striving to be the best educator you can be. Click here if you’d like to learn more about our TLC conference, where you’ll hear from presenters who are great examples of educators who keep learning.