Learning Zones Theory (Senninger, 2000)
Learning something new is like embarking on a new journey. You must leave behind what is comfortable and familiar in order to learn and grow. It can be helpful to think about your process for learning through the perspective of three different Learning Zones.
The Safe Zone – This is where concepts are familiar and we don’t have to take any risks. The Safe Zone is important because it gives us a place to return and reflect on our current understanding. However, our potential for growth is limited in the Safe Zone because we are not challenged with unfamiliar concepts.
The Stretch Zone– To grow we must leave our Safe Zone and explore a Learning Zone just beyond our secure environment. Only in the Learning Zone can we make new discoveries and slowly expand our Safe Zone. Entering the Learning Zone is a borderline experience. We feel we’re exploring the edge of our abilities and our limits.
The Strain Zone– Beyond our Stretch Zone is the Strain Zone where learning becomes difficult and is blocked by a sense of fear and frustration. Learning that is connected with negative emotions is memorized in a part of the human brain that we can access only in similar emotional situations. While learning is possible in the Strain Zone, most of our energy is used managing and controlling our anxiety.
Importantly, these three zones differ for each person depending on the situation. We all have our own unique Safe Zone – Stretch Zone – Strain Zone. This is why learning in a community is incredibly valuable. Others can be your bridge back from your Strain Zone to your Stretch Zone.
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