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No Parroting Allowed!

Learning Emergence by Asking Questions



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"Changing the Pictures in My Mind"

Questions for the Week of November 6, 2006



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When asked, "how do you best learn?" most people usually respond with either a technique, like, "in a classroom," or by naming their favorite sense, like, "I learn best visually." Unfortunately, this implies most people define "learning" as the ability to parrot the correct answer.

What is wrong with this? We believe that "parroting the correct answer" creates parrots, not students; dullards, not Einsteins. So how can we create more Einsteins? We believe, by asking questions which are intended to provoke the student's own questions. More important, we see this as the best way with which to reawaken in students the love of learning.

This week's topic is, "Changing the Pictures in My Mind" Would you like to actually awaken your love of learning about this topic? You can, simply by reading the teacher's questions and then, by asking yourself, "what questions did these words just provoke in me?"

"Changing the Pictures in My Mind"

The Teacher's Questions (asked by David)

Opening Comments: For years I had a picture in my mind of having a family with three or four children. To my sadness and disappointment it seems as though I will have only one. I do know how fortunate I am to be blessed with the child I do have. She is truly amazing. This being said, I still have difficulty abandoning the picture I had of having a larger family. The picture people have of a larger family, or of a certain job or career, or of a home to live in. These are all pictures that some of us have but may never realize. My questions are:

  • How does a person reconcile this?
  • Or do we alter our pictures to agree with life's circumstances?
  • Are we blocked if we can't see other possibilities?
  • Are we still blocked if we can see other possibilities, but hang on to the hope of something different?
  • Does depression come from the inability to let go of a picture after that picture does not materialize or take place?

Possible Student Response Questions (asked by Austin)

  • Can a person live a happy life without fulfilling their dreams?
  • How do we know when it is time to let go of a dream?
  • How does holding onto a picture we cannot attain affect other areas of our life?
  • Along these lines, how do our blocks affect the people in our lives?
  • How do we know that the pictures we have in our minds are our personal dreams and pictures?
  • How do we know they do not come from blocks? How can holding on to a dream limit our choices?

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