I don't mean the "point" of learning in why we need to learn. I mean the actual cognitive place we must find in order to learn.
This year has been the hardest year of school I've ever had. I fight battles every single day with students over the simple act of thinking. I have had some begin to see the value, but 90% are still pushing back on nearly everything we do. If you were to come to my room, I think the most common phrases you would hear are "Bro..." and "I don't know."
Will Chamberlain had some thoughts a few weeks ago about the "I don't know" response. It is resignation. It is a student openly stating that they are not going to put in the effort to think about a question or problem. And it is totally acceptable in our schools. Rather than abolishing "I don't know," teachers and schools traditionally respond by giving the answer.
I think the point of learning is when students feel challenged and supported at the same time. This balance comes from every teacher, administrator, and student in the building working toward the same goal. The point of learning is the hardest part of school because it is in an educational "sweet spot" where everything is working together the way it is meant to.
When you're trying to reach that point, these are a few things to consider:
No two points look the same. What is yours like? Feel free to share how you overcome some of the hurdles in the comments.