Soooo, I read Dave’s article and thought to myself…”What the heck is rhizomatic learning?” So I googled it. Here is the definition…
“Rhizomatic learning is a way of thinking about learning based on ideas described by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari in a thousand plateaus. A rhizome, sometimes called a creeping rootstalk, is a stem of a plant that sends out roots and shoots as it spreads”. -Nov 5, 2011
I thought to myself, YES! This is totally the way I love to learn. I am a creeping root stalk. This is great, now who said this quote? Where did this definition come from?
Guess what? it was our own Dave Cormier!! I think that’s pretty cool.
As a student I like having the choice a scaled rubric provides. I like to know “If I do (x) amount of work, I’ll receive a grade in the 90’s”. It seems to work really well in adult learning. Many of us have other commitments with jobs and kids etc, and a course we’re taking may not be priority #1 everyday.
My first experience with this style of grading was with a course I took last summer. There was a lot of work to be done if you wanted to land near the 90’s. Most opted for a comfort zone of a decent grade while still having some evenings free and a little less stress. I chose to challenge myself and aim high. Basically if you attempted the upper levels you’d get there. It meant an additional research project and presentation in front of the class. Fortunately it paid off. But what stuck with me was, some people were kicking themselves later for not having tried the higher level.
At the high school where I work, teachers are beginning to co-construct rubrics with their students. It’s a collaboration and negotiation, much like we all experienced today in class. Now I’m finding that some students who have a history of struggling are finding it much easier, now that they know what is expected of them.
In closing, I liked this lil pic…