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No Parroting Allowed!

Learning Emergence by Asking Questions

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"On Creating a Conscious Classroom"

Questions for the Week of July 3, 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? 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, "On Creating a Conscious Classroom." 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?"

"On Creating a Conscious Classroom"

Teacher's Questions (asked by Colleen)

  • How can knowledge of the Layers of Aloneness help classroom experiences be more positive and productive?
  • Do teachers and students need to be connected for learning to occur?
  • Can students learn from teachers who remain in layer two most of the time?
  • What would a blame free classroom look like?
  • How can knowledge of personality types help to promote learning in the classroom?
  • Will knowing each others’ personality type help class members connect more?
  • How can knowledge of social priorities help teachers and students learn more in the classroom?
  • Should teachers try to avoid putting students into shock?
  • How can teachers recognize when their students are in shock?
  • How can teachers help students to recover after going into shock?
  • How does eye contact and volume of the teacher’s voice affect learning in boys? In girls?

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Possible Student Response Questions (asked by Gary)

[1] When a class ends, does a conscious teacher experience a massive disconnect, and subsequent aloneness?

[2] Does test-taking put children into shock?

[3] Some students are so afraid of being shamed or ridiculed that they can't or won't be open to the learning process (i.e., participate in discussions, make presentations of his/her work, ask questions, etc.). How can a classroom become and remain a safe place to learn?

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