Sunday, February 1, 2015

Learning - The Keys to Learning ... An Absolutely Amazing Site

I can't say enough about this site ... it is overwhelming how in depth it is in its quest to understand LEARNING ... This is right from the site:
What is learning?
Learning is the most important thing that living creatures do. As far as any living creature is concerned, any action that does not involve learning is pretty much a waste of time. This is especially so for a human one. An organism cannot properly animate itself without first learning how to. Humans, before they can satisfy their own needs, first have to learn how to do it. Although the difference between a baby at birth and a fully grow adult human, is thought of as growth, most of that growth would be entirely useless without accompanying learning.  In his book "Brain Rules" John Medina points out that how the brain grows is entirely dependent on what is learned. It seems fairly safe to say, "No learning, no brain growth". Yet despite the seeming essentiality of learning to life, the fact is that most adult humans tend to learn less and less as they get older.

So learning is essential to life, but what really is learning?
It is suggested herein, that learning is that which enables living things to grow, survive and realize their potential. It is further suggested, that learning is accommodating our view of the world to be consonant with contradictions of that view as they occur. Or to put it another way, it is the revision of our theories about the world to conform to an objective reality as presented by events that refute those theories. It is as Piaget might say, the assimilation of non contradictory data into our model of reality, adding to it, and the accommodation of contradictory data into our model of reality, thus changing it. From an evolutionary perspective learning is change in us, for the betterment of ourselves and our species. Ultimately learning is how we can better both ourselves and humanity generally.

"Change is the end result of all true learning. Change involves three things: First, a dissatisfaction with self -- a felt void or need; second, a decision to change to fill the void or need; and third, a conscious dedication to the process of growth and change -- the willful act of making the change, doing something." Leo Buscagilia

You can visit the site at:  or click the image below

There are 12 keys involved in learning - I'm sure there are more, but let's go with 12 for now.  Visit the website as it won't disappoint.  Great site.

I have been posting each Key to Learning for teachers (on another website/memo) - I have not posted them on this blog, but I think I will from now on.  They are worth "learning" about!

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