Test Anxiety versus Downstream Learning

by Heidi Nord October 04, 2019

Test Anxiety versus Downstream Learning

Dear Fans of Learning --

My premise on teaching and learning is that as educators, we should not create anxiety for students. When we are in anxiety mode, learning cannot take place.

In our current society, anxiety is rampant. Adults are popping Xanax like it's going out of style. Teenagers are not far behind. Need a break? Pop a pill.

Why? Why would we choose to do this to ourselves?

We are creating our own suffering.

Why?

Wouldn't it be so much easier to let go?

Downstream learning is my version of learning while floating downstream. Have you ever floated downstream on a raft or inner tube?

Have you ever felt the gentle flow of the water going over your feet, felt the beautiful sunshine on your face?

These feelings are not to be left only for summer vacations. No, we need to be in these relaxed states in our everyday lives. Especially in school.

Downstream learning is a concept I hope many schools will embrace.

We learn best in a state of relaxation. In fact, many things are invented in this state of mind.

And anxiety? Anxiety is the polar opposite of downstream learning.

If we are to change education, teachers will let their hair down, relax more, and not create more suffering.

Love,

Heidi Nord




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