Choice 3- Classroom Ascend and Transcend for the Student

Power resides in understanding it is YOU doing the choosing.

The ability to choose is the ability to exert power. As the first step on the Arc of Transcendence, the power of choice sets the stage for all future steps. 

In the classroom, the power exists for you to choose some things, but not others. But, the most powerful choice, the one that matters the most is yours to make.  You have the power to choose what type of students you want to be.   Much of your classroom experience will come down to this choice, and your willingness to exert the power behind this choice.

How have your choices lead you to be the type of student you are? 

Choice 2- Classroom Ascend and Transcend for the Student

Making choices is an act of power.  Sometimes, though, we weaken this power by selecting conflicting choices.  We may want to be a successful student. We may also equally desire a “stress free” life with an abundance of free time.   These decisions do not support one another.  Educational endeavors are stressful by nature and require our time. 

Neither choice is “right” or “wrong”. The problem only arises when we choose options that are in opposition.     

What has brought you here – to this moment?

What are two desires/goals you have in the classroom?  Do these choices support one another or do they conflict with one another?

Choice 1 – Classroom Ascend and Transcend for the Student

Most teachers have a clock and calendar in their heads, knowing the curriculum they want to cover in an academic time frame. You, as a student, also, have a clock and calendar in your mind, as to how you manage these expectations. You may also have a calculator in mind, as you determine how many points must be earned, or standards must be met, in order to earn the desired grade.

Both teachers and students may focus on these parameters and the choices required to fulfill them, because both teacher and student are seeking to create a particular experience.  The teacher wants to share the curriculum of the course, and the student wants to succeed.  The arc of connection between choices leading to the desired experience can become lost, however.  Students, and also teachers, can begin to make choices that move them further from the desired experience.  If you want to make effective choices in the classroom, you must become very clear about what experience you are seeking.      

What has brought you here – to this moment?What is your desired experience in the classroom? How are your choices leading you towards this experience?  How are your choices leading your from this desired experience

Intro 2 – Classroom – Ascend and Transcend for the Student

For the most part, everyone embarks on a journey through the classroom and coursework. Even if someone is home-schooled, learning goals and educational objectives are present.  Within the shared undertaking of education, stories and labels emerge. 

Stories evolve from ourselves about ourselves, as well as from others.  One student is the hero of his or her classroom narrative, overcoming a challenging examination to earn an “A”. Another student lives the story that he or she has never been good at school, and thus, will never succeed.  From these stories, labels appear, “smart”, “good at math”, “doesn’t have to try”, or “slow”, “can’t read well” and so on. 

Not only are the stories and labels a problem, but the stories and labels remain with a tenacity that may color a person’s self-perception for years.  Tenacity, not accuracy, tends to be the mark of these narratives. 

In the classroom environment, what stories and labels do you use about yourself? How long have these stories and labels been in use?

Intro 1 – Classroom – Ascend and Transcend for the Student

You can only learn if you show up in a way that indicates your learning matters to you. 

In all the world of choices, preferences, decisions and actions, you need to become very clear of one thing – that you matter.  And not only that you matter in a general sense, but in the utmost profound and sacred of ways, you must matter to yourself. 

No action you undertake, in a learning environment or otherwise, will have relevance if you can not get to the core understanding that for ANYTHING to have significance in your life, you must matter to you.

How does learning happen if you do not matter to you?

Overview Classroom- Ascend and Transcend for the Student

Throughout your life, you encounter many teachers. Some teachers will inspire you. Some teachers will leave you with mixed feelings, and some teachers will fail your expectations.

No matter what you may feel about any particular teacher or classroom-type setting, you must come to understand that no teacher is as important as the teacher who is with you every single moment, YOU.   

Day in and day out, the primary person teaching you is you.  Years of classes and even the best teachers pale in comparison to the power and effectiveness you develop when you learn how to teach yourself. 

You are the teacher you are seeking.

As a teacher of yourself, how would you rate you as a student? 

Closure- Belief and Identity

In regards to our beliefs and identities, we can create our CHOICES.

In regards to our beliefs and identities, we can create our PRESENCE.

In regards to our beliefs and identities, we can create our AWARENESS.

In regards to our beliefs and identities, we can create our ASCENDANCE.

In regards to our beliefs and identities, we can create our TRANSCENDENCE.

How do the beliefs and identities you hold about yourself make Transcendence more or less likely?  How does your answer make you feel?       

 

 

 

How do the beliefs and identities you hold about others increase or decrease the likelihood for Transcendence?     

 

Transcendence 3- Belief and Identity

Live as you were meant to live- complete in the identity of humanness and the belief in unlimited potential.      

Transcendence is the gift we give to ourselves and others, as we create a new way of understanding ourselves and the world around us.  With Transcendence, we must be able to see beyond current limitations to gain an understanding of what is possible within our transformative potential.   In our humanness, we have almost unlimited potential. May we no longer waste the powerful energy of this humanness in the creation of limiting beliefs and identities about ourselves and others.   Instead, may we use this potential to Ascend and Transcend.

How much of your potential is spent on creating limiting beliefs about yourself and others?

How much of your potential is spent on overcoming limiting beliefs about yourself and others?

Ascendance 3- Belief and Identity

When we start to examine our beliefs and identities that we hold about ourselves and others, and they hold about us, it is easy to get overwhelmed.  Our first response may be to drop and eliminate all of our beliefs and identities immediately.  Such actions are not necessary, however.  Beliefs and identities are not necessarily right or wrong, but rather they need to be viewed and understood with the perspective of Ascendance.  Ascendance allows for us to see beliefs and identities for what they are, and how they may be transformed to better serve us and others.  You have actually been using the perspective of Ascendance throughout your life regarding your beliefs and identities.  You will see over time that your beliefs and identities have not been consistent, but rather they have transformed to meet your needs.

Looking back over your Life, what beliefs and identities about yourself have changed over time?  How has this helped you?

Over time, how have your beliefs and identities related to other changed?  How has this helped you and others?  

Ascendance 2- Belief and Identity

Ascendance requires us to create situations in which the “greatest good for all” is addressed by our thoughts, behaviors and actions.  By rising above our current circumstance, we can see where points of connection exist that enable us work towards the betterment of all, rather than remaining tied to boundaries established by cemented beliefs and identities.    The perspective of Ascendance asks us to move beyond our denial.  We can not contribute to the “greatest good for all”, if our beliefs and identities prohibit us from recognizing the unity and humanity present in all.    

Do your beliefs and identities about yourself enable you to see the goodness in you?  Why or why not?

Do your beliefs and identities about others enable you to see the goodness in all?   Do you long to exclude some people from the “greatest good for all” based on your beliefs and identities about them?