Personal Learning Plan
I completely and wholeheartedly buy into the “lifelong learning” thing. As humans, I believe we are innately lifelong learners – we almost can’t help learning throughout our lifetimes. It is our condition to learn. Period.
Still, because of who I am and who I want to be, I have a plan for being truly intentional and purposeful about my learning. I call it my plp – my personal learning plan.
While I find it challenging to articulate my plp simply, I offer the mindmap below as an attempt to do so. A number of people ask me about my plp, and I’ve been trying to capture a snapshot of my plp, so that I can share it with others and learn from others’ personal learning plans.
Below the image, I expand on a few of the nodes in the mindmap, and I also showcase some elements of my more formalized learning endeavors.
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In 2005, I began a discipline called “stack reading.”
- First, I’ll read a book pretty quickly, and I’ll limit myself to one page of high-level summary notes. (Initially, these notes were on paper, but now I use Evernote.) Then, I’ll place the book in a stack.
- Second, I read another book, in the same manner I describe above. And I continue on in this way.
- Third, when a stack has three or more books in it, I reread the entire stack with more detailed annotation, particularly noting the connections among the works in the stack.