Stop and think for a minute. Where would you be without knowledge? Would you even be able to answer that question if you didn’t have the skill to learn?
So many of us take learning for granted. We don’t stop to think about how we gained that new skill, how we remembered to make breakfast this morning, or how we are able to routinely tie our shoes.
We don’t think about the fact that the learning technique that worked for us might not work for our friends, family, students, or children.
Every learner is an individual and every brain works just a little differently. The pathways and connections we make aren’t always the same.
Think about it this way. how many ways are there to get to the beach? Is there one way that is faster than the others? Sure, the highway is probably the fastest route, but it is very monotonous with little scenery, and you have a higher risk of getting stuck in traffic because of an accident. But, it’s supposed to be FASTER. Therefore, most people pick that option even if it isn’t always right for them.
Another option would be to take a more scenic route. It might take longer, but you would get to see lots of different houses, farmlands, maybe a quaint town or two. You might decide to stop at a local diner or ice-cream shop and take a break from the drive. You also might get stuck behind a tractor going super slow, or bikers out for their morning ride. This way is usually slower, but it has the added benefit of less monotony.
One is a straight shot that is meant to be endured and put behind us, while the other path is more of an experience in it’s own right and provides the chance to actually enjoy the drive. There isn’t a right or wrong answer here. Just like there isn’t a right or wrong answer to learning.
The most important thing to take away from this is that one of these choices is going to work better for you, and for the other people riding with you. One of these choices is going to help you to love the drive more, even if your choice may be harder or take longer
When we first start learning in we are all taught to count our numbers, say our ABCs, and what different colors and shapes are. We learn to speak, how to do basic everyday things like eating, brushing our teeth, taking a bath. These are rote skills and for most of us can be learned in the same pattern as for other people. But even at these early skills their are kids that have brains that don’t recognize patterns, and even brains that have a hard time wrapping around numbers (This latter difficulty can come from a condition called Dyscalculia).
Imagine yourself being plopped down in a country where everything is backwards from how you understand and learned it. Everyone else around you learns things and does things a certain way and you just can’t seem to understand how and why they are doing things a particular way.
That is what it is like for a lot of learners today. We have a school system that teaches kids in a very limited fashion. There are many schools and teachers that do a good job of differentiation (using different ways of teaching to reach more learners). I am in no way discounting the huge efforts taken by all the fantastic teachers out there to reach as many kids as possible, I used to be one. However, routinely there are other things that get in the way. Such as overcrowded classrooms, limited resources, stressful conditions outside of school, and so much more.
It is important as both parents and teachers to find ways to empower yourself, families, friends, and others to learn about the different ways that people learn.
Learning becomes easier if you develop a love for it. It is hard to love something you don’t understand, or that gives you negative reinforcement every time you pursue it.
Understanding how you learn and how others learn is crucial to developing the lifelong ability to learn new things (and remember them). Developing a love of learning hinges on appealing to the ways of learning that click for an individual, in order to enable them to become an independent learner, want to explore new things, and develop the skills for lifelong learning necessary for successful, happy, fulfilled lives.
It is never too late to figure out the details of your learning style or your child’s.
Here at Avery Learning Lab we have developed a Learning Program that is geared towards each individual learner. It involves an assessment of their learning style, strategies for growth, a plan of how to reach their goals, implementation of the plan and strategies with one of our skilled employees, and feedback to help students grow and become independent learners. Contact us if you are interested in more information on this, and share this post with friends or family that you know could benefit from a program like ours.
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