Learner Maturity: Keeping it Simple

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Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 6:30pm

Learner Maturity: Keeping it Simple

Thursday September 8th at 6:30 P.M.

Dave Peppler M.S.E., the founder of Purpose and Potential Pathways LLC will be at the Ripon Public Library to share his thoughts on an idea he calls “Learner Maturity”. The idea of Learner Maturity starts with the premise that we are all born with the capacity to learn. As natural learners the power of each learner’s perspective and perceptions serve to shape and significantly influence what and how we learn as well as whom we are as learners. This is true whether you are in school, in your work and career, or where ever you may be in your life journey.

During the evening Dave will reflect back a bit on his time as a kid in school and talk about his own perception as a self-described “disconnected learner”, and how he came to later understand his part as the main actor and x-factor regarding his own learning. The more apparent this understanding became to him, the more he thought about and wanted to know what was at the root of this understanding. What he came up with are three ever-present elements that help shape and guide his personal perspective on and perceptions of learning. They are essentially what make up the concept of Learner Maturity.

1) Self-identifying as the learner

2) Owning the learning in question

3) Pursuing learning opportunities

Developing as a mature learner is an on-going thing that is life-long. It is an uncomplicated and simple way to frame a learner’s role and purpose for learning, but it requires the presence and vigilance of the learner. It has given Dave an impactful way to fulfill and live his own capacity as a learner in life, and he believes it can do the same for others. Living life is an act of learning, and it can be summed up in this simple phrase. “Whatever the endeavor, it’s about learning”.

As a long time professional in the school setting Dave will also share a few observations that come from a place of having worked with other learners. Additionally, attendees will hear from some learners who exemplify Learner Maturity as it is lived in daily life. Finally, Dave believes that there are certain timeless things in life that are foundational to every learner’s learning experience. The spark of curiosity is one of them. If you plan to join us please come ready to ask questions. Real learning starts with a question and the desire to know the answer.