Learning Style

So Day 11’s task was to find a personalized prompt, and the daily prompt on WordPress’ daily post seemed to work just fine for me.

So, as a teacher you are taught that there are many different kinds of learners. Although everyone can be grouped into something like 8 different categories, no two people are going to learn things exactly the same. As a teacher, you are expected to experiment with how you present a lesson in order to find the technique that best maximizes your students’ potential to understand, execute, and retain whatever is being taught to them that day. You aren’t going to catch everybody, but, once you’ve gotten that first set sorted, that’s more time to help the individuals who need some extra help.

When I first wrote that,  it sounded like BS, but now it totally makes sense to me. See, I totally retained some knowledge from my teaching stint.

I learn like I process my emotions: by writing it out. Sometimes reading the instructions the first time works, but this is rare. Sometimes I just need to see a demonstration if one has not already been given. Sometime I need to fail once to just get it completely. Sometimes I just need to ask questions. However, the thing that I know works the best will always be to write things down as I learn them, then review it.

Now that sounds super basic, and it probably is, but it works for me and that’s all that I care about.

I think I learn best one-on-one because there’s less people to judge you when you fail. Let me tell you, there is nothing worse than failing hard in front of a crowd, and then being mocked for it. Or even failing in private, and then having someone blast that failure/mistake to the rest of your peers is ridiculously embarrassing.  Some people are able to power through it, and I applaud them, but I don’t think it’s cowardice to walk away from that type of situation. Ultimately, you have to do what works for you and your mental state. Nobody knows you better than you.

I’m not saying that I can’t work in a group, but I am not nearly always extroverted enough to ask the right questions when I need to, so it’s a bit of a hit and miss. I’m either freaking out because I don’t want to be judged or fired, or not giving so much of a care because HOW COULD YOU LET US GET THIS FAR BEFORE BRINGING ME IN WHEN WE SHOULD HAVE STOPPED THIS MONTHS AGO?*

*read the caps-locked part of this sentence while clapping for every syllable. That was a very specific situation that still irks me to this day, and the buggery (trying not to used the F-word) in that room was serious.

In any case, yea, writing things down just helps me process better. Writing and organization, because I don’t know how you other creatives can survive in chaos. I can BS with the best of them, and my procrastination game is pretty good, but that only works if I keep things organized.

So I’m going to stop this post right here because, at this point, I’m just rambling. Writing things down, and being able to understand processes so that I won’t be lost when I review it later, is what works best for me as learner. Maybe that works for some of you guys too.