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No Parroting Allowed!

Learning Emergence by Asking Questions

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"Dead Stop - Learner's Block"

Questions for the Week of April 30, 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 "Dead Stop - Learner’s Block." 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?"

"Dead Stop - Learner’s Block"

The Teacher's Questions (asked by Ed)

  • Are the free-writing exercises that are suggested as warm-ups to writing an example of using and or harnessing momentum?  How about in batting practice?
  • Is the conscious use of momentum a form of “connection warm-ups”. . . kind of like foreplay?
  • So is learner’s block a necessary part of learning? 
  • Does the act of seeing a dead-stop create momentum?
  • My life is a riddle of dead-stops.  I have changed roads many times looking for new energy without even knowing it.  Every unfinished book I have almost read, every unfinished dream, goal, and idea . . . all dead-stops.  Do I need to gather all these lose ends and finish them?  Do they short-circuit my energy?
  • Are the effects of Dead Stops cumulative?
  • Am I a temporarily great man?  Ouch.
  • Where does the fear to start again come from?  The fear of admitting I am at a dead-stop?  It seems to categorize my entire school career.  I would be out seek for two weeks at a time twice a year, due to asthma attacks.  I would dread returning to class, fear it really, but never know why.  Is this connected

Sample Student Response Questions (asked by Steven)

  • Is coming to a Dead Stop a normal and necessary part of all creative processes?
  • Is there an easy way to give in so as to escape to the state of Unknown?
  • Do you learn anything from Dead Stops?
  • Do you gain anything from Dead Stops?
  • There are four States of Learning and one state of Dead Stop. If coming to Dead Stops are a normal part of learning, why aren't Dead Stops considered a state of learning?
  • Is there a way to see Dead Stops coming?
  • Is there a way to make Dead Stops less painful?
  • It seems to me that Dead Stops are the polar opposite to Momentum Learning. As in Dead Stops are the total loss of momentum. Why then are Dead Stops and the State of Unknown pictured as equals?
  • Does the physical body have an equivalent to the mind's Dead Stops? What I mean is, since there is a Body Clock and a Mind Clock, shouldn't there be states of Leaning for both?

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