Unpacking Understanding of Learn Create Share

Today we had an awesome PLG session where we were challenged by our shared understanding of Learn, Create, Share and Manaiakalani’s definition of each step. We used The Learning Conversation Framework (Joan Dalton) (page 42 in particular) to help clarify and challenge our thinking.

It's funny because I had previously thought I had a good understanding of each stage... This is the slide show that I worked through earlier in the year.

The day included a run down of what we thought each step was and included, pairing this with each others ideas and then discussing why we were on a different wavelength to Manaiakalani. I think this was one of, if not the most powerful learning discussions that I have had. Working together to understand and challenge our own thinking lead us to having that ‘eureka’ moment, where there was clarity and complete understanding.

We talked about how we could help others to be on the same wavelength and to find their own clarity of the process.

The learning pit (James Nottingham) is the model that I felt I connected with in relation to our newfound understanding of Learn, Create, Share.

Our version of this looks a bit like this…
Learn - “An activity where the objective is to access and engage with existing knowledge.” Broken down into looking at what knowledge a student has, what knowledge they can build on and what knowledge exists in the wider world. Looking at the purpose of the next step creating - what is the outcome of the whole process for the learner.
Create - “Remixing prior knowledge with new knowledge and understanding.” The things we do as teachers to help create understanding, as well as, the things the students do to further their understanding.
Sharing - “Any activity that involves sharing of knowledge. The result is often building new knowledge connecting and collaborating with others.”  We also talked about how students should be seeking feedback/feedforward in the sharing phase which will take them back into the learning pit.

Here is a drawing I create to help share my thinking and understanding…

That is where I am at today… talking this through on a whole cluster level and getting everyone to have the same shared understanding is our next step…


  1. Hi Kelsey,

    Thanks for sharing this learning with us. I am disappointed I was unable to make the day as it looks like it was really worthwhile. I know I am surprised with the shift in what Learn Create Share is. You think you understand something, however ...

    I'm interested to think through this process a bit more for my own understanding and for the classroom. I wonder if it it would be good learning for each staff to go through, considering that was the E-Leaders group that had the 'aha' moment? If we as E-Leaders hadn't really understood it then I imagine staff would be in a similar place too.

    Thanks for sharing your thinking. The diagram at the end is really helpful. I would love to have it for my office to help me remember when we are planning.

    :) Sharon

    1. Hey Sharon!
      Thank you so much for your comment. It is such a shame you couldn't be there on the day - hopefully you feel confident with this now and are on the same page as us! :) I have emailed you the image so hopefully that helps you! Let me know if you would like some help in running a staff meeting on this!

  2. Hi Kelsi!
    I am a very visual learner and your diagram brought home a re-articulation of learn, create share in a visual way! Thanks!

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read my post! I am a visual person too! It wasn't until Mel Raisin started talking about the pit that I could visualise the process!!! Glad I could be of help!


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