In my new role as co-facilitator in the ONL172-course, I feel somewhat unclear about what this role is. This same feeling was aired by several members in our last PBL-group meeting. They felt a bit lost. In this sense we may say that we are lost together, we are in the same boat.

Anxiety in relation to learning is normal, even necessary. You cannot feel completely safe and secure when you are moving towards personal change, but you should not fall into worry. Most things may be handled by accepting the challenge and allowing enough space in life to fulfil it. Bodil Jönsson, professor in Physics, explained in a lecture a few weeks ago, how we need to allow for time to come to us, not to chase it, the time. (Jönsson, 1999) I think it is wise, perhaps hard to do, but wise to focus on the challenge of learning, rather than on time lacking to do so.

Another issue at hand regards our pedagogical development and a wish to make our new knowledge useful in our teaching. At School of Social Work, where I work, we educate coming social workers. A central idea regarding the use of new ideas and tools in my teaching; supervision and lecturing, is to consider what I know about myself. To provide insights in social work, social policy and other areas focusing on how (many) people suffer social problems of various kinds and how to reach out to support them, includes to understand that you may not help anyone further than what you know about yourself. If you have not dealt with your reluctance of meeting people in distress, you will have problems handling such situations too. We have to get closer to our unconscious self, perhaps Freud would have said (I am not a psychologist, so beware if I am wrong).

I think the hypothesis is important in pedagogical work as well, and that is why I have asked the PBL-group to share experiences from sharing, or fears of sharing, or anxiety about what is right or wrong in openness. Because, I argue, we may not be able to become “sharers” with our students, to teach them openness, unless we allow a sharing idea to be embedded in our emotional self.

What do you think?

Jönsson, B (1999), Tio tankar om tid, Stockholm: Brombergs