Saturday, January 26, 2013

Key Components of the Learning Cycle

by M. J. Joachim
Just when I thought I had it all figured out, I discovered there were so many more things to learn!

It’s all part of the human condition, I suppose, one each one of us can easily relate to, complete with an archive of stories to go with it.

Learning is the easy part…

Once you fully engage in the process, that is.

If you don’t fully engage, everyone’s time is wasted, so there really is no point.

Key components of learning include:

  • Observation:  You have to look with all your senses and discover every detail.

  • Absorption:  Once you’ve noticed everything, you have to absorb it; don’t let it bounce right back off of you – let it in, so you can use it when you need or want to.

  • Reorganization:  Personalize incoming data. Claim it and make it yours, by reorganizing it in a way that makes sense. Otherwise, you’re just like a computer, spitting out information on demand, without any human element to it. This undoubtedly makes it of little use to you and those around you.

  • Replay:  Notice, I didn’t say “instant replay?” This is the moment of truth, a moment that includes practice. Replay your new learning over and over again – before sharing it with others. Sort it out a thousand times if you need to. Discard the junk (even if that means all of it). Replay your learning until you master it.

  • Presentation:  Take a deep breath, because you’ve arrived and the water is fabulous! You’re the teacher now – the one passing all that learning onto others. Take it seriously. This is huge!

Wishing you all a wonderful Saturday,

M. J.

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