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  1. 1. The Start of Some Learning about Climbing Eight Steps
  2. 2. Went to Bristol University along with other fine folk
  3. 3. to find out what its like to learn by following the ELLI 8 step process. (OK there’s a couple more than 8 in the picture, but its still a decent picture so let’s live with it for now.) And the steps are....
  4. 4. 1. Choose a Place or Object 2. Observe and Describe It 3. Generate Questions 4. Uncover Stories 5. Make a Knowledge Map 6. Link This Up With What Is Already Known 7. Line it Up With the Course You are Doing 8. Put it in a Form for the World to See It
  5. 5. So we had to spend some time on our own wandering around a park called Brandon Hill, to find an item or place which really meant something to us or made us very curious. I was thinking about how quickly I had shared quite personal things with the group and then I met with Kayte who was also feeling that the personal nature of this important first step in the project made it quite tricky.
  6. 6. Anyway, I found this Holly bush which reminded me of a photo I had taken of my missus a very long time ago. The light on the Holly bush leaves was just the same. It was a very strong memory which I enjoyed recalling very much so I thought that this was a great start to the bit of a learning journey we were going to take with the 8 steps.
  7. 7. I took this second photo closer in to concentrate on the leaves themselves and found myself starting the second step of observing the leaf. I was interested in the glossiness of the top and how it both reflected the light and felt thick and waxy. The bottom was different: a lighter green and a softer texture. What was also interesting was that the younger leaves didn’t have spikes yet the older ones did. This got me thinking about my long-term relationship with my missus and the ELLI dimension of Resilience. My missus is extremely Resilient and is no walk-over so has armed herself over time, growing up, with some spikes.
  8. 8. As we all do... Except in a relationship, whether its a friendship or a good learning relationship with other people in a group,when you bother less and less with the defensive bits over time, which means that your communication gets more honest and open and good news for everyone.
  9. 9. But we don’t usually do this straight away and yet the first step of the 8 step process is the most personal! So as people our natural (and at times very useful!) defensive spikes, our waxy coating, might stop us getting the the best first step we could get to make our learning projects meaningful and important to us. Important that we start thinking and learning about this then...
  10. 10. Because if we don’t get to open up to each other, then we’re a bit stuck...
  11. 11. So, if a Holly leaf has its spines, then what armour do people use to protect themselves in everyday life? One really common way is by playing roles. Have you ever seen people (including yourself) playing the following parts?
  12. 12. I’m PROPER HARD
  13. 13. I’m A BIT OF A LOOKER
  14. 14. I’m CRAZY
  15. 15. I’m POPULAR
  16. 16. I’m REALLY NICE
  17. 17. I’m CLEVER
  18. 18. I’m ALTERNATIVE
  19. 19. I’m RICH
  20. 20. I’m A GANGSTER
  21. 21. So if we’ve all got these parts and protective layers going on (and we have!) then how on earth will we get to talk properly with each other without it all being muffled and, actually, a bit daft?
  22. 22. We need to take some armour off then... like Queen Elizabeth 1st did to talk to her troops at Tilbury in 1588. And she opened up to the crowd saying that she had a “weak and feeble” body, but everyone there respected her for her honesty. Now she kept some armour on (she wasn’t in her pyjamas!)but the lesson is there for us: there are times when you really have to open up a bit more....
  23. 23. And the first step of the 8 Step Process, when you might be discussing why an object or a place is special to you, is one of those times where you will miss out if you aren’t open and honest. So let’s help each other with this and make sure that we all get the benefit.
  24. 24. And there’s an awful lot more knowledge out there about our defensive behaviours. Its got to be worth finding out more about....
  25. 25. 1. At school, you hit a block: there’s a task so big and so complicated, that you can’t do it by yourself. What do you do? You reach out for help. Ask a colleague to support you. And why you do this? Because it’s too much for you. You’re overwhelmed. You’re a Victim (in this case, a victim of the circumstances). 2. Suppose now you’re the other person, the one who is asked for help. What do you do? You come to the rescue, you help the other person. Why? Because helping the other person fulfills some internal desire for recognition and self-esteem. You’re a Rescuer. 3. Now suppose you’re the teacher of the two workers above. You spot the fact that one of them is asking for help and you don’t agree with that. You interfere: you forbid to the rescuer to help and leave the victim alone in finishing that task. You think it’s “your job as a boss” to do that, but in fact you’re playing a Persecutor. See what you think of all this after visiting: www.dragosroua.com/social-games-people-play/
  26. 26. Here are some other roles people can over- act in groups. 1. The Therapist "The therapist" is a person who tries to get other people to open up, to express their feelings, to work on their problems--while he does none of these things. 2. The Defender This person is afraid and wants to defend other people from all possible hurt they might feel. Since he feels threatened, he wants to defend other people from feeling these same threats. 3. The Jester "The jester" is the group clown. He must avoid any real contact with people by interjecting some form of humor between himself and them. Find out more at: www.hermes-press.com/roles
  27. 27. And what do you think about this? Everyone plays a number of roles in their relationships with others. The essence of personality, according to Raimundo, is the sum of the roles I play. Dr. John Kenworthy 4/1/2010 "And what do you do?" How many times have you been asked this question? How many times have you asked it? My guess is more than once or twice. When answering this question, most people respond with their job title or their job function:I'm a banker, I'm the CEO, I'm a teacher. Or they launch into their 'elevator pitch'. We define ourselves often by the major role we play in life. And you know that you are much more than your job: I'm a husband, father, child, brother, skier, scuba diver, teacher, coach, friend, driver, passenger, dog-walker, saxophonist, cook ... AmI good at all these? Not all, and not always. There are days when my golf, for example, is fluent and near perfect, today was not one of those days. www.scribd.com/doc/32232875/Roles-People-Play
  28. 28. And what might be relevant for us in this? Role-Playing and Playing Roles: The Person, Player, and Persona in Fantasy Role-Playing Dennis Waskul Minnesota State University, Mankato Matt Lust Southern Utah University In fantasy role-playing games, participants collectively create and play fantasy personas in an imaginary universe by using a vast system of rules that function as guidelines for make-believe action and interaction. Consequently, role-playing games obligate participants to occupy a liminal role located in the boundaries of persona, player, and person. This study, based on approximately ninety hours of participant observation and forty inter- views with thirty role-players, explores how role-players actively negotiate these symbolic boundaries: how role-players carve out distinct spheres of meaning between themselves, their fantasy personas, and status as players of these games. It also illustrates how these distinctions fail. Symbolic Interaction Volume 27, Number 3, 2004
  29. 29. And if you are interested n how we play games to defend ourselves then you’ve got to find something out about the original masterpiece: The Games People Play by Eric Berne
  30. 30. Heavens! Proper stuff worth knowing then... So remember, we’ve all got armour and it can be useful stuff, but its really important to take it off when you’ve got important conversations to be having. And you can’t learn without proper conversation.
  31. 31. Enjoy your conversations! Enjoy your learning!

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