Author: Nelson Coulter
We all learn, every day, in millions of ways.
We learn when we read, when we observe, when we consider, when we discuss, when we listen, when we attend, when we ……….
However, nothing matches the learning efficacy of when we DO something. There is sticking power when we actually remodel that room, assemble that tool, plant and grow that garden, train for that competition, speak those sentences in another language, calculate the area under the curve, etc. John Dewey was on to something in the 1920s and 1930s when he was advocating for experiential learning.
The late Dr. Phil Schlechty often reminded us that, “Students don’t learn from work students don’t do.” Indeed. What PS didn’t specifically note in that assertion is that “students” come in all ages. His assertion holds, regardless of age. We learn best when we actually DO something.
Applying ourselves to a worthy task/skill requires a lot of and from us, namely effort.
Those investments of effort – the doing – always pay powerful dividends – LEARNING!
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