August 14, 2010

Search for meaningful contact points and bridges between what we want to learn and what we already know

"To ensure a safe learning environment, you have to make sure to accept all answers, and build on them. We should view students as plants and flowers that need careful cultivation: grow some areas, help reduce others. [...] There is really no upper limit on learning since the neurons seem to be capable of growing new connections whenever they are used repeatedly. I think all of us need to develop the capacity to motivate ourselves. One way to do that is to search for meaningful contact points and bridges between what we want to learn and what we already know. When we do so, we cultivate our neuronal networks."
~ James Zull, Source: The Sharp Brains Guide to Brain Fitness, p 17/18

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this Coert - very useful! I sometimes say my job is to offer conversations or workshops where people can loosen and dissolve the lables stuck on them by personality tests, appointed by others and own beliefs etc etc... Like putting jab jars in lukewarm water rid them of the sticky brands. This quote supports the idea of endless learning and un-learning possibilities. (Ofcourse that is not only interesting but also cool ;-)

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  2. Hi Lina, Nice metaphor. I think those labels can be quite limiting. Getting rid of them might open some new opportunuties. I like the thought of relaxing the idea that we should precisely know who and what we are anyway (http://ow.ly/2pOnA)

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  3. I can sense a relief as you mention it - letting go with the idea of a fixed self.

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