Sunday, January 26, 2014
In education, there is a term we us for figuring out that sweet spot for teaching & learning. It is called the Zone of Proximal Development - ZPD (Lev Vygotsky ) It is continually changing space between that which we can do without assistance and that which we can do with assistance. If we teach outside a person's ZPD, the chances of learning a slim and the chances of major frustration are high. There were many classes I took in high school that were way beyond my personal ZPD and I just gave up or thought I was dumb or or or.. My very best teachers always seemed to know exactly how much I needed to stretch to learn something new and feel confident still with my abilities.
I use this same thought process for when I train. I can't go from walking to running a half marathon without some carefully planned training that stair-steps me (scaffolds me) to success. Success without major injury, success across the finish line and success with feelings of confidence that I can in fact do it.
As I was jogging today - pushing myself a little longer this time, the ZPD mantra drummed with the rhythm of the songs. I was stair-stepping carefully to the fringes of my comfort zone, and into the productive ZPD. I will be sore tomorrow, but I will have pushed myself a little more.
I also thought about how much I also have a ZPL... a term I am coining right here right now - my own ZONE OF PROXIMAL LETHARGY. It is that zone between me and the invitation of the couch to hang out. It is that zone of letting my mind think that "maybe I will skip the gym today." It is that zone that pulls at me to stay in bed a half hour longer and to not get moving. Is it that zone that pulls like a strong magnet if I give in. It is a zone of extreme caution!! As powerful as my ZPD is, so is my Zone of Proximal Lethargy. If I give in, it really can catapult me into doing zero-zilch-nada!
So, my goal this week -- avoid my ZPL and power into my ZPD!
Have a powerfully exhilarating ZPD kind of day :)
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes."
MANTRA: Every opportunity is a choice. Every choice is an opportunity. (me)
PHOTO OF THE DAY: My mountain..powerful regardless of the moment!