The air is filled with anticipation here today. We are leaving for a week-long vacation tomorrow morning. There is still a lot to be done, but it is also time to enjoy the excitement of something good to come. How often do you notice this emotion of anticipation? Interestingly, I see it play out daily in my toddler daughter and my dogs. When the dogs see their food bowls, they start doing “laps” around the kitchen – you can tell they are excited. And whenever I tell my daughter that it is time to put on her shoes (which means we are going out), she starts running around the house, laughing.
It would be good to be able to recreate this positive emotion more often in learning. It is linked to our expectations, and the expectations help to position us for success. Do we learn better when we anticipate the learning to be fun, engaging and useful? And if so, what can we do to create the environment of positive anticipation? Perhaps, I should revisit these questions when I come back. Meanwhile, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. What good do you anticipate today?