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Thinking About Learning


"learning" defined by Mirriam-Webster online dictionary:

  1. The art or experience of one that learns.

  2. Knowledge or skill acquired by instruction or study.

  3. Modification of a behavioral tendency by experience (as exposure to conditioning).

The summer break has already started for some of our teachers (lucky those on the gyomuitaku with us!), and most of us would like to kick back and relax until the end of August.

However, we teachers should always be open to learning, no matter where we are, working day or not. This short piece of writing is to give you some new thoughts and questions on learning, and might also give you a different approach on how you learn, or how you see leaning in general.

When you have some idle time (sooo much during summer break), or when you are chatting with your friends/family, ask yourselves, "What did you learn yesterday?" then review/reflect on the following points.

-If you can't think of anything you learnt yesterday, how far back did you need to go and find something?

-Was it learning for work, or life, or both - is there a difference anyway?

-How did you learn it, and how might you teach it to someone else?

-What will change now that you've learnt it?

-Did it prompt or enable further learning?

-Would you put a value on it?

-What would you have paid to have learnt it some while ago?

Whether we realize it or not, like it or not, we are constantly in a state of learning. The conscious learner is what separates a good teacher from a better teacher. One can always be a good teacher, but there is always room to become a BETTER teacher.

Random task: find your favorite learning quotes, and live by them!

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