Letting Go and Becoming Rhizomatic

Understanding how to gather, evaluate, and process knowledge seem to be some of the most important skills our students can learn these days.  Using a connectivist understanding that knowledge is shared and connected through networked communities it seems imperative we recognize the rhizomatic nature of knowledge and how as teachers we need to recognize our roles in our student’s education.

Even though we see these kids for 7.5 hours a day – they are learning from such an incredibly diverse set of sources.  Understanding that students are going to create their own understandings is important.

taken from:http://markingham.org/stories/becoming-rhizomatic/boypoolrhizome-2/#main

How can we utilize new learning theories in our curricular areas to engage and motivate our increasingly digital students?

1. Check our age at the door (wait…I am old?….when did that happen?)

2. Forget the way we were taught – use the right tool for the job today.

3. Recognize that the world will be different tomorrow – not in a few weeks, or a year.

4. Identify how knowledge is connected.

5. Help students evaluate the sources they learn from.

6. Do the same thing our students are doing – maybe even try doing it before them…(ps, joining this cohort – might be a huge step in the right direction).

The video below is from a teacher at High Tech High – some of you know if probably better than I do.  I was forwarded the work of Jeff Robin – looking for some information about project based learning.  I really like his videos as they are 1. animated with funny people and 2. simple, to the point and smart.

Recently I joined the Deeper Learning MOOC offered through High Tech High – might interest a few others.




3 thoughts on “Letting Go and Becoming Rhizomatic

  1. Great little video. I think in the art room, we can plan and let go. Maybe it takes a bit more in a more formal class. I am glad we reconnected and I am excited about this Coetail journey. Looking forward to your next post.


  2. I’m interested in hearing more about what you have to say about the rhizomatic nature of knowledge. I’ve never heard this term before and I quickly checked out the link you provided. At first glance, it does fit in really well with connectivism. How has this philosophy influenced you and your teaching?


    1. Rhizomatic thinking is something that I use as an artist. As an artist, I am inspired by ways things that seem disconnected actually have interesting intersections. Education for me on a daily basis is very much an artform – part performance, visual, theatrical, musical even. Rhizomatic thinking is how I consider the world I engage with each day. Building connections among students, concepts, practices – whatever it may be. A fellow COETAILer made the beautiful imagery of 20 odd tabs open in Chrome. Probably not really answering your question but…


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