Rhizomatic Learning


Hey guys, I came across this video after reading Dave Cormier’s blog post on Rhizomatic Learning.  I was a little unsure of what to even think after reading it, so I youtubed “Rhizomatic Learning” and this video helped me understand the concept more clearly.  For the most part,  all I have been exposed to as a student is the “assembly line” style of education that he refers to in this video.

As an aspiring Physical Education teacher I think you have to have a good amount of structure to your class.  I think that a class of 10 year old “Nomads” could add up to a broken leg or bloody nose.  However, I do think that creating a learning environment that inspires creativity is important as well.  As a physical education  teacher I would strive to give my students as many options possible to staying physically active beyond the schoolyard or gymnasium.  I think it is important to show them the different types of physical activity that may appeal to them, not just the usual phys. ed. sports such as basketball, soccer, football and softball.

I think that a successful learner would show that he/she can explore different types of physical activity that they find fun and may help them live a healthier lifestyle.



3 thoughts on “Rhizomatic Learning

  1. I’m happy the presentation was useful. I think the physical education class is an interesting platform for discussion. Some structure is necessary in any classroom… with kids or otherwise. And games, by their nature, have rules that must be followed… or there is no game. Ensuring that there are activities that allow for creativity, for decision, would go a long way to allow many different types of students to succeed in different ways.

    I also am very interested in your thoughts on rhizomatic learning encouraging life long physical activity. neat.

    Also… the high end of many sports involve a fair amount of creativity. thanks for your thoughts.

    • I know of a student I worked with in summer in an after school program who was also aspiring to become a physical education teacher and he brought in games that allowed physical activity with a combination of learning the alphabet letters. He would play hopscotch using the alphabet letters and would have the child throw the ball and have to hop and says the letters till he reaches where the ball stopped, it was fun, creative and also helped the child practice saying his letters.

  2. That’s a great idea. I will keep it in mind. A lot of my teachers from last semester encouraged us to use activities that incorporate both physical and cognitive learning. Thanks for the reply.

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