OH WOW! I was just asked this series of questions:
What’s your learning style? Do you prefer learning in a group and in an interactive setting? Or one-on-one? Do you retain information best through lectures, or visuals, or simply by reading books?
I can tell you that I have experienced all of the above and I have learned from each style. But, I definitely prefer and learn much faster in a group/interactive setting, especially with hands-on.
I am a Child Development Specialist and I have been teaching children for over 20 years.
Not only have I been teaching, but I have also been learning.
I have been learning what works and what doesn’t work. I have sat through lectures on the edge of my seat waiting for the next note to take and I have also fallen asleep while the pencil slipped through my fingers to only hit the floor as my head slowly dropped. I have watched visuals, taken on-line classes, read books, and have done the one-on-one. They are all good in their own way. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages. I can’t imagine learning to drive a car through books and visuals only. But then again, I really can’t afford the time or money to go to England to learn about the history of castles through the medieval period. Although, that would be awesome!
Albert Einstein said, “Learning is an experience. Everything else is just information.”
Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote is my motto: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
There is no doubt in my mind that becoming an active part of the learning is best for me. Although, I do feel it’s important to gain knowledge through a combined effort of the various ways to learn.
Until next time, I leave you with a photo of my son who has inspired me to take my learning to a higher level.
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