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No Parroting Allowed!

Learning Emergence by Asking Questions

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"Athletics and The Mind Body Connection"

Questions for the Week of June 25, 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 "Athletics and the Mind Body Connection." 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?"

"Athletics and the Mind Body Connection"

The Teacher's Questions

  • Can a Mind First athlete ever successfully compete with a Body First athlete?
  • Do the positive outcomes of exercise ever alter one's Mind Body type?
  • Are there sports wherein Mind First people play better in by nature? Body first people? Neither?
  • In general, do Body First people make better athletes?
  • In general, do Mind First people make better coaches?
  • Most athletes are Body First people. Can a knowledge of the Mind Body connection ever negatively alter their athletic ability?
  • In football, is a defensive lineman who is currently connected mind to body less likely to tackle someone?
  • In football, do Mind First athletes makes better quarterbacks?
  • In boxing, is calling someone a boxer or a fighter just another way to refer to their Mind Body preference?
  • Do tennis players who are Mind First win more games?

Sample Student Response Questions

  • Are athletes usually slow minded? It's seems many of the best are slow minded? Is this my imagination?
  • Are all Mind First people quick minded? Is being quick minded the same as being intelligent?
  • Hockey is a fast paced sport. So is basketball. Are these sports played better by Mind First athletes?
  • Golf is a slow paced sport. So is baseball. Do Body First athletes do better at these sports?
  • Learning a martial art can take years. Does a Mind First person have an advantage here?
  • During games, do Body First athletes manage their anger better? Their aggression? Their motivation?
  • Do Body First athletes struggle more to find the motivation to learn new things?
  • I want to learn Aikido. Will a Mind First teacher be too heady?
  • I want to learn to mountain climb but am afraid. Will a Body First athlete be sympathetic to my fears?
  • I have started to sky dive. It has already affected my character. If I keep doing this, will it affect my Mind Body preference?

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