In a recent training class my organization conducted, one of our exercises was to pair up people from the same department in similar job functions and have each person share a challenging situation they were facing at work. The other person’s role was to listen, ask questions, and offer any additional insight. The participants were “senior” level, having been in this line of work for many years. In addition to coming up with some options and alternatives to their respective challenges (our main objective), many of the participants vocalized how they had gained a greater appreciation for seeking another’s perspective which added value to the problem solving process (our secondary objective).
I have always been interested in different approaches to teaching and learning. As a young child, I was so excited about school that I would share all of my learnings with my younger sister as soon as I got home every day. Later, as a college student, I studied secondary education at a school that features a non-traditional academic schedule, where students focus intensely on one subject at a time.