I recently started to study Qi Gong and Kungfu wtih the Shaolin Temple online. If you haven't heard of the Shaolin temple or the Shaolin monks, these are monks who train for years as peaceful warriors. One of the teachings in the discipleship philosophy is to "have your cup empty". This means to accept teachings even if they disrupt your worldview.
As teachers and parents, we must always accept new teachings that disrupt our worldview. As I started to ponder this concept, I noticed that my entire ideals have shifted from all the teachings I've received all semester in my Seneca ECE course. Specifically, the view of the child, the view of the teacher, the view of the environment, the view of how learning happens, the view of my previous Montessori teachings etc..
As children continue to organize their world through schemas and by accepting new information rapidly, we adults must also follow. Children constantly see the world with an open cup, especially young children. They are sponges rapidly reviewing and renewing their brain maps and neuro pathways so much faster than us adults. It's this rapid pacing and open mindedness that gives them their curious and creative thinking.
So with that, I would like to keep my cup empty and continue to accept new teachings as they come.
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I'm a teacher, outdoor educator, forest school practitioner and all round nature lover.