Before you criticise, try drawing a Scrabble board on a moving train…
I went for a game of Scrabble after work yesterday with Laura. I’m just working in Bath, staying in a hotel for a few days but, as Laura lives near here, she knew the best pub with a Scrabble set. As i walked out from my hotel this morning, i passed by the pub where we had played: no longer one of many anonymous watering holes but, instead, the pub where i won. The place had taken on a new meaning. That’s how it works when we explore somewhere: we stop for a coffee, we meet friends, we map meaning
onto places and imbue landscapes with stories. We develop a sense of place, a legacy
from our actions.
We do the same when we learn: we take away residual memories, shadows of things we read, heard, said, traces of the experience live on, changing us in small but important ways. We learn from relationships we have, from jobs we did, from injuries and heartache, accidents and success. Every action leaves a trace.
When we design learning, we have to think about this: are we facilitating people making a map, or are we just pushing them down a travelator, through a process? Meaning doesn’t sit equally, everywhere. Only one pub in Bath will be forever the place that i won at Scrabble, only one house will be the first you ever live in.