How will learning agility motivate your child to discover something new continuously?
What did you learn last week? Are you always finding yourself learning new things every day? These are some simple questions to check-in with your child; to see if they are continually growing and learning.
It’s difficult to pinpoint one skill or another with everything moving quickly to help futureproof our child. But, learning agility has increasingly become an important skill to have in the future.
There are many benefits to nurturing learning agility, and the best part is that it’s all about cultivating a growth mindset and flexible thinking. We want to instil in our children that they can learn new things, rediscover a fresh perspective to view and problem-solve. Instead of focusing on accumulating knowledge, the focus is on building tools and skills to adapt and learn.
Let’s dive deeper into the 3 reasons why learning agility is such an empowering skill for our growing child to have.
Another Way To Measure Growth
Learning agility, in essence, is all about the curiosity and motivation to continually seek new knowledge all the time. When we instil this behaviour and culture in our child from young, this becomes their habit and muscle memory that they take with them in their learning journey. It doesn’t matter where they’re at, or they’ll be; this is a tool that they can tap into.
By asking a simple question, what did they learn yesterday or last week, helps us begin that narrative. And to go deeper than that, there are other quantitative methods to document their developmental milestones. But these simple questions can prompt them to reflect on their learning journey.
Let’s get them to observe and reflect from time to time — and help them to see for themselves how they’ve grown. Flexible thinking complemented by a love for learning is vital for growth to happen continuously. And learning agility is a great way to help them grow whilst monitoring that growth.
Tapping Into Their Curiosity and Openness To New Experiences
Children who are learning agile are also proactive individuals: curious, open to things, learn from their experience and thrive in tackling new challenges. New experiences are crucial for growth, and we want them to be comfortable being outside of their comfort zone.
Learning agility will also help them to tap into their creativity and imagination to innovate continually. By working on being agile, they will learn to utilise all the resources they have and gain new ones to develop something new.
In this fast-changing world, the only constant is change. Thus, we must nurture in our child the skill to be able to adapt to these changes. Learning agility is that life-long skill that they can take with them, no matter where they go.
Having the Courage to Try and Make Mistakes
Learning agility consists of 3 main components. These components impart in our children crucial soft skills that can be adaptable all across their lives.
Part and parcel of learning include making mistakes — having a room, and safe space is essential to continuously encourage our child to learn. We want to impart in them the courage to try, explore, and be okay with making mistakes along the way.
To help them be agile in their learning, we need to have them believe that they can learn, primarily through their mistakes.
In all experiences, we should help them see that it is okay not to be sure about things and ask questions. Our role is to remind them that they have the resources and tools to develop and help overcome any challenge and any situation.
Building A Life-Long Habit
Learning agility is an excellent life-long habit to have. It is not something to happen overnight. Just like any other muscle in our child’s body, they need to always exercise and build that habit over the years.
We can encourage that behaviour by always asking open-ended questions to connect the dots, giving our children room to adapt. We lead by example, and when we’re equally curious and seek a new perspective in the challenges we face, our children will also pick that from us. As they slowly build this habit, it becomes their driving force in their learning journey.
In addition to that, we can help create a safe space for them to gain confidence and courage to keep trying and give it a go. They will approach life very differently, with a love for learning and a passion for growing as an individual.
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