Discovering the power of good questions
Hmmm. Question from @hybridped, #digiped troubles me, doesn’t feel quite right. Somehow sounds like an OR when there may be an AND. Somehow it sounds like an argument about free verse . . .Frost about writing in free verse: “I’d just as soon play tennis with the net down” . . . Sandburg: “If it jells into free verse, all right. If it jells into rhyme, all right.”
I know in my own poetry, the best work I’ve done is when I’ve operated within the constraint of a form. The best blog posts (and paragraphs) I ever wrote were when I limited the number of words to describe the four dimensions of sense of presence construct I developed for my dissertation (which I then wrote another 333 pages about).
My sense is that sometimes some learners want (and need structure), and some learners don’t. Sometimes the same learner wants structure, and sometimes they don’t. More meaningful to me is a more generative question, “How can we create a learning environment (with teaching practice, opportunities for collaboration and community building, and technology) that offers both structure and the opportunity to play in a sprawling sort of way.”