Trends in learning, training, and education.

No Parent Left Behind

Ever consider that teaching adults to be learners might be more effective in teaching children than focusing on educating children themselves?

Learning is continual. I’ve always believed it. If we teach that learning does not stop and that it’s a useful and worthwhile pursuit, we must practice what we preach. How can we expect to convince a student that learning is a good thing if it’s not something they see us do?


Deer in Headlights

Deer in headlightsPerformance Anxiety.

Well, not exactly.

Performance on demand anxiety, perhaps…or not.

How do we learn? Often learning sessions pull the audience in by placing focus on them. While some people may thrive on impromptu group activities, this is not always welcome, and in some cases, produces a debilitating effect on some members of the group. People may learn to endure and accept different ways, but they don’t usually change how they react internally to their learning environment.

The problem with assigning an impromptu project, assignment, or puzzle to be completed in a specified time, and then having to prove it to the group– is that someone is demanding that you perform and meet a certain standard without preparation or thought. The focus and attention has been placed on your performance, often in front of your peers.

Hiding behind bookNot everyone who steers clear of these situations lacks social skills or self-confidence, though it may be misconstrued as such. A person’s “stand-apart” attitude is often due to his individual way of obtaining and processing information. If the method of presentation causes the attendee to spend his time concerned with his performance or response–or how he can avoid participating–he is not able to benefit from the experience.

However we learn and communicate best, we all have to adapt or conform in some manner, at least occasionally, in group situations, working with others, as employees. How can we do it?


Learning Is Way Too Much Fun!

“I had way too much fun in school.”

It was one of the best compliments a 25 year old man can give his former Science coach. For some, it was also the most ironic. He was talking about middle school and high school, and all those intense years of studying and preparing to compete in Science Olympiad as a team. Fun? You bet!

I’ve tried, really I have—tried to believe in “new” ways, curriculum approaches, the different methods of education. But, after 18 years as a Science Olympiad coach, they never measure up to the comprehensive study, research, innovation that academic team competition provides. Few people have realized that the solution is already in front of us. There are students who have been benefiting from this for years.


Brindle Waye in the Twitter World

It’s business as usual in the environment of following and follower. What can Twitter tell us? Intriguing results are coming in.

What have I learned from my tweets?

Gathered from responses of my intimate but growing number of followers, I have discerned that security, in various aspects, is a high priority. Though this may indicate a desire for secure data storage in business, it also very much includes personal safety and job security. We can infer that this is largely because of the environment in which we live. Economic instability and technological changes encompassing our consciousness flips and upsets the roles of teachers and the institution of education, shifts job requirements and threatens individual futures.   It seems that even the most adventurous of us might be hoping to find some solid footing somewhere.


This New World

Changes are occurring because of new technology which has enabled the ability to rapidly acquire massive amounts of information on any topic. These changes have affected not only how organizations train their employees and how the role of teachers will change, but have also created differences in thinking in the individual.  There has been a lot of debate and speculation about how everyone constantly being “plugged in” to so much information and communication all the time is affecting our lives. More

To Train…To Learn, That is the Question

Whew! There are a lot of thoughts on the subject — the difference between training and learning…or if there is a difference.  A lot of thoughts, but not exactly set in concrete yet.

Among several definitions for the word, learning, in the online Free Dictionary, it is defined as the “act, process, or experience of gaining knowledge or skill.” A few other sources tend to agree. Training, on the other hand, is considered “the process of bringing a person to an agreed standard of proficiency…by practice and instruction.”