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No Parroting Allowed!

Learning Emergence by Asking Questions

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"The Four States of Learning"

Questions for the Week of April 23, 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 that most people define "learning" as the ability to parrot the correct answer.

What is wrong with this? "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, this turns out to be the best way in which to reawaken in students their lost love of learning.

This week, our topic is "The Four States of Learning." Would you like to awaken a love of learning in you 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?"

"The Four States of Learning"

The Teacher's Questions (asked by Ed)

  • Where does the energy for learning come from?
  • Where do you get the energy to escape from a dead stop?
  • How does the change from being in the State of Unknown (knowing that you don't know) release energy?
  • Is there a limit to how much you can learn by extension? Or is it a self-contained system? Or both?
  • Is learning a window into divinity?
  • Could you call the Stages of Leaning, the stages of healing as well?

Sample Student Response Questions (asked by Steven)

  • Where does the energy to be a student come from? Does being curious generate it? Does needing to know fuel it?
  • How do you find the energy to leave an emergence so as to learn more?
  • What makes being in a Dead Stop hurt so badly? Is it the aloneness? Something else?
  • Is there a limit to how long you can endure being in a Dead Stop? Does it hurt worse the longer it goes on?
  • Is not learning a window into divinity? Is this what we sometimes endure great suffering and keep going?
  • Could you also call the Stages of Learning, the stages of learning to love as well?

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