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Jim Moulton (not verified)

Oh, my goodness! What a

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Oh, my goodness! What a wonderful collection of responses. Thanks to all for sharing so far, and I look forward to reading many more. My wife and I often said that one of our greatest wishes for our kids in terms of their school experience was that they would, each year, be "apprenticed to a learner." Just as I often wonder how someone who does not write can effectively teach writing, isn't an adult learner best suited to support young learners in their growth? We saw the difference it made for our children. How about you? Yesterday I did the keynote at a local district's professional development day, and then sat in on a session where a school district's business manager, self taught in the use of Microsoft's Access, introduced educators to how it works... I "sort of understood" relational databases before, but Jim's facilitation of our experimentation as a learning community for the afternoon took me far closer to really getting it. It felt so good to apporach understanding, and to begin to visualize what I might be able to do... I agree, Valerie - "Learn on!"
Valerie Chernek (not verified)

I am learning by slowing

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I am learning by slowing down, reconnecting with nature, taking time to reflect my life's journey and getting firmly grounded in what I have to give to others. Yoga is a great outlet for thinking about these things or learning how to just "be". I am also interested in all of the new sciences of learning, such as Universal Design and anchored instruction, how the brain works when we strive to gain knowledge and what makes a good class environment to best meet the needs of kids with differentiated learning styles. Learn ON! Be well!
Betsy Hanselmann (not verified)

I am learning about

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I am learning about education in the USA. I have been abroad for many years and now am working on my Masters on-line - which is in and of itself a learning process. It is fun to "meet" people and share opinions about schools and how they can best work - we all have to learn to work together and accept new information from others with their personal experiences. It is fun learning something new, and I wonder what I will do with my time after the program is finished. It is actually through this program that I came upon this website, and have been learning new things ever since - thanks!!
Christina Guerrero (not verified)

Last year, after 20 years in

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Last year, after 20 years in the classroom, I took a position teaching English teachers how to integrate technology in their practice because I thought I'd get to learn a lot about technology. Boy, did I underestimate the learning curve! In addition to the technology tools that we're working with, I've learned that technology is not learned in the same way most of us were taught to learn. To learn technology you don't sit down by yourself and follow a list of directions. You have to take risks, try new things, make mistakes. It also helps to be working with someone else, not necessarily an expert. And the more you learn, the more new ways you think of to use the technology, so you have to go back and take more risks, try more new things, make more mistakes. I've also been giving a lot of thought to WHY we should learn something. This year, my responsibilities are expanding to include the Math teachers at my schools. Some of them are on the brink of retirement and have never used computers or the internet. When they ask me why they should learn all this new technology to use for just a year or two, what will I say? For me, it's the thrill of cresting that learning curve. I'm creating new neural pathways, staving off dementia and having a lot of fun.
virginia malone (not verified)

I am learning about how I

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I am learning about how I learn, by a reflection process I learned at a convention. When I learn something, really new, I write down what I did first to learn, what I did second and so on. A pattern appears after doing this several times. Now I can learn more because I know some of the ways that I learn and the steps I need to follow to learn. What I learn every day is I have a lot to learn.
Jan Jacobs (not verified)

I am learning how to be more

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I am learning how to be more open to my students and colleagues. I am learning more about utilizing technology in my classroom. I put together my first webquest for my AP U.S. History Class and I thought one way I could learn is by doing the project along with my students. This year I will be learning how to publish a high school newspaper; one goal is to get it off paper and onto the web.
mike huhndorf (not verified)

It sounds so simple to learn

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It sounds so simple to learn by learning but you just need to start doing it (i.e. learning anything). Nothing makes sense at first and there is a lot of disequilibrium but as familiarity with something becomes prevalent there is an awareness of having learned. It takes time, diligent focus, and a will to succeed but it happens. It seems to happen if the will to learn is there. Pretty soon one can see and reflect on how that happened and after reflection an experienced learner gains confidence in his abilities to learn most anything because he sees HOW he learned. I personally ascribe persistence but the joy knowing that one knows how to learn opens up many vistas.
Phyllis Uchtman (not verified)

I am learning how to turn

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I am learning how to turn pieces of crocheted yarn and leather into purses, vests, jackets, etc. There are several layers to this learning. I am learning how to crochet new stitches all the time. I am learning what happens when I combine those stitches in new and different ways. I am learning how to use different colors and textures of yarn artistically. Finally, I am learning how to make a functional and beautiful item without a pattern. Learning is really an exciting activity, isn't it!
Woody (not verified)

I have been in active

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I have been in active learning mode on guitar for 40 years. Presently I have been concentrating on both flat-picking and finger-picking techniques. I have been learning fiddle tunes both new ones and old ones that I have forgotten. The practicing includes ear training: listening to the melodies numerous times on downloaded MIME files from the internet as well as listening to myself playing them. Occasionally, I will record myself to listen to how I sound. This is significantly different from the sound I hear when I am actually playing. To successfully learn a tune, I must convert what I learn in my head via my ears to the physical manipulation of my fingers. I intermix alternating and cross picking with my right hand with ever-changing positioning of my left hand up and down the fret board. To successfully accomplish this multi-tasking activity, I must be really relaxed. I try and spend at least some of the practice time for each tune playing very slowly. This allows me to closely listen as I improvise more than I would feel comfortable with playing much faster. By improvising in this way, I seem to feel a lot more freedom in exploring the notes on the scale around the melody as well as introduce subtle timing nuances that make the music more interesting to my ear. When I fingerpick, I usually practice two things: 1. set pieces that I have been working on anywhere from a few days to 10 years and 2. new arrangements of old jazz standards that I compose using original chording positions with melody lines found within the chord voicings I select. I usually work toward finished pieces rather than just playing parts of pieces. There is something very satisfying about being able to play a piece that has a beginning, a middle and an end. I do work on parts of pieces when there is a passage that is not progressing at the same speed as other parts of the piece or when it just becomes a finger exercise that I repeat in a disembodied fashion to make my fingers do something that is hard for them to do. This type of practice is definitely not heavy on the ear training part of practicing but rather working on the physical mechanics of playing.
Jim Burke (not verified)

This topic reminds me of

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This topic reminds me of John Holt's book, Never Too Late, which among other things, speaks of his experience learning how to play the cello at age 50.
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