I guess you believe you’re smart? I trust your judgement, but we’ll see…
It has come to my attention that many people believe the classroom is a magical room, which supposedly injects knowledge into one through a teacher syringe. What a delusion. Here I hope to dispel this fantasy.
A few questions to think about before we get started. What comes to mind when you hear the word classroom? What images? What emotions? Are they positive? Negative? Here’s what my mind conjures:
Do my thoughts look anything like yours? Did you notice I didn’t include the word Learn? That’s because I’ve not been enchanted to believe we learn by attending a classroom. Learning is simple.
How Do We Learn?
We learn by making connections, building on top of what we already know. Here’s something to think about; we can’t learn to speak until we’ve learnt to listen. Why? Simple. All meaningful audible sounds coming out of our mouths were once heard by our ears. Simple progression.That’s my first point, we can only build on top of what we already know. Remember, we can’t learn to speak until we’ve learnt to listen.
So, what are magical teachers for? Simple. A teachers job is to present new information. He/she does their best to help students connect old information with new information (which is how we learn). Therefore, in a magical classroom, whether you learn or not rests with the teachers ability to help you make connections. Not so magical huh? If the teacher is unable to help you connect new information in a way which makes sense to your mind, guess what? You won’t learn.
This is where being smart becomes important.
The Real Magic
Why not step into the drivers seat, shift yourself into sixth gear and barge your way into the fast lane by becoming a self sufficient learner. It only makes sense because, no one knows what you know, or what connections make sense in your mind better than you. Creating your own connections will allow for your knowledge to grow like a rolling snowball as you climb the ladder of time. The more you learn the easier it becomes, simply because you have a larger archive of knowledge waiting to jump out and connect with the unknown.
Believe it or not the first step to becoming a self sufficient learner is becoming a mad scientist, so mad you’re willing to lay your brain on the table for tests and analysis. What you’ll want to figure out is how your brain works. You need to prod your brain for answers, under what conditions does it learn best? What parts of your body does your brain respond to? These are the answers you’re going need to get started.
You don’t need a classroom, because they’re far from magical. What you need is a laboratory in your bedroom and if you’re really cool, in your basement.
I’ll give you some time to think about that whilst I write some more on this topic.
Let me know what you think so far.