“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand.” (Confucius)
This week’s theme was very interesting, but also challenging. Challenging on the one hand because our PBL group merged with another group and we first had to get to know each other and find common ground, which happened not without friction. Challenging also because I learned a lot about myself and had to face some of my weaknesses.
That made it interesting at the same time, because I learned more about my strengths on the other side.
I noticed that I function very well in harmonious groups that give support and appreciation and reflect with respect. I like to be prepared and proceed quickly and efficiently, with structure. I don’t mind the discussion and I think it’s absolutely important that everyone can speak their mind. But I have noticed that it is hard work to keep a very heterogeneous group together and make it work. Friction and discussions about details are tiring for me.
I have rarely had this experience in my other trainings, where the focus is on learning and developing the individual. But I know this difficulty from my workplace, where you have to work in a group towards a common goal and integrate different (sometimes conflicting) points of view. Even if the product ist elaborate and satisfying in the end, they way towards it is a challenge.
Nevertheless, I have confirmed that I am a fan of collaboration and networked learning. I learn so much better and faster with and from others than when I read an article or a book or watch a video.
That’s why I want to add another dimension to Confucius’ quote:
“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand.”
I would like to add:
“Let me share it with others, and I will learn.”