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"Momentum Learning - a Deeper Look "
On Education and Learning - Week 16

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Have you ever considered how vulnerable students are to teachers, both to teachers' criticisms and to teachers' false beliefs? Considering how vulnerable students really are, is it any wonder some of them shut off in school? So what's the answer? Forcing kids to listen? Forcing teachers to make sure kids never feel forced to listen? This week, in our ongoing series on education and learning, we're going to take a look at something I call the "Cycle of Teachability." In it, we'll begin to see what makes kids in classrooms tick. And adults in classrooms as well.



Week Fifteen - November 14
"Suddenly noticing things ..."

Recently, a very conscious woman, someone I've been seeing for years, asked me, "Is that chair new?" The woman was very conscious at the time, and the chair had sat there in the same spot in my office for more than a year. This set off a series of questions in me as to how much of what we think we see is really there. My conclusion? It seems our minds function a lot like our word processors and computer forms. In other words, it appears our minds visually "autofill" a lot of "what we think we see" with "what we expect to see."

Can this be? Can a significant amount of what we believe we see be what our minds visually "autofill" onto the screens of our minds? And if so, then what does this imply about how much we do and do not learn? For instance, is there really a usable way to test kids for learning?

These are the questions we'll be exploring this week, as we take a deeper look at how momentum affects learning; the what, when, how, and how much we actually learn.

the Mind's "Autofill" Function

One of the oldest philosophies advises us that, "as above, so below." And for those unfamiliar with this Hermetic Greek saying, in essense, it is telling us that our world is fractal.

What I'm saying is, this ancient wisdom tells us that what is in our world mirrors what is in the heavens. And that what is in our minds mirrors what is in our world. How does this apply to how we learn?

To be honest, this link has been discreditied many centuries ago. Wrongly, I might add. Why? Because seeing ourselves mirrored in our creatuions seems to make some people uneasy.

Extending this to the world in which we live, it also says that

In other words, a lot of what we think we see, we "interpolate."

In other words, like the error correction built into many of our data storage and retrieval devices (hard drives, cd's, dvd's, etc.), it seems our minds "fill in the blanks," not only for what we do not notice, but also for a lot of what are certain we see.

At the beginning of this series, I mentioned I had been studying Greek. And for those
the Mind's "Error Correction" Function

 

Closing Comments

 

Until next week then. I hope you're all well,

Steven

P. S. And for those still wishing to see what they may learn, here's a link to the Teachability Index Worksheet.

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