Love of Learning

Found in: SCEA News | Published on: 01 February 2017

By Mathilda Joubert

There are a few things in life that I love unconditionally.  I love God, I love my family and I love learning.  One of the great privileges of working in education is that we come face to face with learning every day – or we try!  Young children have an insatiable hunger for learning.  They are driven by a natural curiosity to find out, to explore, to want to learn. 

The challenge for many of us is to hold on to this love of learning when we get older.  Art Costa writes:  “Unfortunately, some adults are content with what they already believe and know. Their child-like curiosity has been extinguished. They are reluctant to discover the wisdom of others. They do not know how or when to leverage a love and lust of learning. As a result they follow a path of little value and minimal opportunity.”  What I love about the teaching profession is that it allows and encourages us to remain lifelong learners. 

The SCEA Institute wants to support you in your journey of lifelong learning.  We have a wide range of professional learning books that staff can borrow.  You can browse the collection on the Oliver database under the SCEA branch or drop in at the Institute to come and look for yourself. Some of the topics include:

  • Assessment/assessment for learning
  • Brain based learning
  • Christian education
  • Classroom management
  • Creative thinking
  • Differentiated teaching
  • Engagement
  • Literacy
  • Mindsets
  • Numeracy
  • School improvement
  • School Leadership
  • Teaching strategies
  • Technology in education
  • Use of data
  • Visible learning


We are also running a series of professional learning events at the SCEA Institute in Midland as outlined below.  You can book a place on any of these courses by sending an email to If there is sufficient demand, we can rerun these events in future.


The Secret to Happiness: The science behind happiness and how you can have more joy at work and in life

Presented by Nicole Ohm

Thursday 23rd March from 4pm - 5pm


Overview of the Bible: Understanding God’s Big story and exploring implications for teaching and learning across the curriculum

Presented by Tony Stopher

Monday 3rd of April, 1pm – 4pm


Differentiated teaching and learning: Practical strategies for the classroom

Presented by Mathilda Joubert

Tuesday 11th of April, 10am – 1pm


Leading teaching and learning: What effective school leaders to do improve teaching and learning in their schools

Presented Tony Stopher & Mathilda Joubert  

Thursday 20th April, 10am – 3pm


Thriving, not just surviving: Effective strategies for success as an early career teacher

Presented by Mathilda Joubert

Monday 24th of April, 10am – 2pm


The American author, Brian Herbert, wrote:  “The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.”  What are you doing to continue to use your gift of learning?


(Download Art Costa's article here.)