Designing for Emergence

Designing for Emergence

In the late Sir Ken Robinson’s book, Out of Our Minds, he talks about Command and Control vs Climate control. I love referring to these two terms when discussing the ecosystem of schools. Everyday we act as artists to create for the perfect balance of these elements to allow for transformational learning experiences to emerge. 

Designing for emergence in learning takes courage, patience, and discipline. In order to play Jazz, you have to be an expert in scales, theory, and a master of your instrument. In schools, teachers build the foundational skills and knowledge to allow students to apply what they learned in the real world, for their learning to emerge when necessary. 

 

The art piece above by grade 12 student Jada Grove exemplifies emergence not only in it’s creation but also for the audience as they view it. This is the space we want to arrive at for learning. Where students bring their ideas to real life and have an impact in the real world.  

 

Education should be like this.