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No Parroting Allowed!

Learning Emergence by Asking Questions

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"How We Learn"

Questions for the Week of January 15, 2007

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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, "How We Learn." Would you like to 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?"

"Questions About Learning"

The Teacher's Questions (asked by Gary)

  • Can knowing ABOUT emergence only be learned BY emergence?
  • Does knowledge learned by momentum have beauty?
  • If I cannot understand a question, or picture its meaning or intent, how can I know if the problem is with me or the question?
  • Can teaching by momentum lead to emergences in students?
  • Is knowledge limited to thinking?
  • What are thoughts?
  • Are pictures on the screen of the mind considered thoughts?

Sample Student Response Questions (asked by Colleen)

  • What is "understanding?"
  • How do you know when you "understand" something?
  • What if you think you "understand" it, but you really don't?

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