The Learning Chaos Approach
What’s the number one adjective students use to describe school? Here’s a hint: it’s the same one adults use to describe training: boring.
Learning is the default setting for the human brain, children as well as adults. We don’t need to make people learn, we need to free them to learn. Mac has been working with children in schools and professionals in training centers across the country for decades.
His approach is challenging, engaging, and effective. “This is the best class I’ve ever had” Is his most common feedback.
Learning Chaos: How Disorder Can Save Education will show you the foundation for this approach, and Mac can bring that excitement to your organization. Mac can deliver sessions that will transform the way people see their work and each other. He can show your teachers and instructors how the Learning Chaos Approach leads to energized, powerful learning.
Whether in a school or a training center, for learners of all ages and experience, Learning Chaos brings the classroom to life.
Prior to founding AzaLearning, Mac Bogert worked in staff development, retail, direct sales, and classroom teaching. He also served as Education Coordinator at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, where he taught writing and acting as well. He started his company because
- He was energized by working with people.
- He wanted to focus on soft skills to help people work together.
- He wanted to run his own business free of the restrictions inherent in organizations.
- He wanted to design innovative learning experiences that were interactive, interesting, and useful.
- As an “outsider,” he could provide a safe environment in which participants could ask questions and explore options.
About Learning Chaos
Nine years ago I woke up with Learning Chaos in my head. The idea and the title appeared at the same time like mysterious lodgers. You’re looking at the result of a long line of iterations and revisions, all of which came back to the same idea: we underestimate the capacity of children and adults—tall children —for learning. Nothing in my decades of teaching, whether with kids, teenagers, or adults, contradicts the notion that people want to learn and have a huge reservoir of untapped discovery. They simply need permission.
School and I had a love-hate relationship. I held nothing back in classes led by teachers who challenged me. The other 75% taught me how to doze in class without getting caught and wrote “does not work up to his potential” on my report card. As a student, I wore out the linoleum cooling my heels outside the principal’s office. As a teacher, too.
In college I jettisoned the mediocrity of my first two years when a literature professor challenged me to stop goofing off and learn. I realized then that not every teacher can be great, and that I wouldn’t expect greatness from every teacher—I would look for great learning regardless. I continue to seek great learning. And chaos encourages learning. Not everyone—most teachers and administrators—have seen that truth with the same clarity I do.
With the Internet, there’s no excuse for mediocre learning. The time is ripe for a complete overhaul of the traditional concept of schooling. Our learning switch is always on. Learning Chaos focuses on removing the barriers that short-circuit our default setting: to learn.
I owe the evolution of this book to many people.