Day: May 6, 2012

What I’ve Learned About Learning

From Zen Habits – Breathe – To read more follow the link.

‘We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.’ ~Lloyd Alexander.

Post written by Leo Babauta.

“I am a teacher and an avid learner, and I’m passionate about both.

I’m a teacher because I help Eva homeschool our kids — OK, she does most of the work, but I do help, mostly with math but with everything else too. I also teach habits, writing/blogging, simplicity and other fun topics in online courses.

I’m a lifelong learner and am always obsessively studying something, whether that’s breadmaking or language or wine or chess or writing or fitness.

Here’s are two key lessons — both really the same lesson — I’ve learned about learning, in all my years of study and in trying to teach people:

  1. Almost everything I’ve learned, I didn’t learn in school; and
  2. Almost everything my students (and kids) have learned, they learned on their own.

Those two lessons (or one lesson) have a number of reasons and implications for learning. Let’s take a look at some of them, in hopes you might find them useful.”


Related Articles


Collaboration is critical for progressive organisations to succeed – so says HBR

Article by: Al Novas posted in June 2011. From Social Learning Blog:

“On the cover of this month’s Harvard Business Review highlights the importance of collaboration at progressive companies. Collaboration has received a lot of press, now a centerpiece and on the cover of one of the top management and leadership publications in the world. So it must be important. I agree with HBR and the other articles that discuss the merits of collaboration, social and informal learning in the marketplace. (If interested in a free chapter from the new book The New Social Learning, just click through).

One scenario described in the article Are you a Collaborative Leader in this month’s HBR discusses how got its entire workforce engaged in their internal (now external) product called Chatter.”

What’s the Learning in 21st Century Learning?

Article by Norm Friesen – Canada Research Chair e-learning Practices at from Christopher Pappas – The e-learning Industry:

“Preparing an abstract for a presentation at SFU’s Ed. Summer Institute, and have been inspired by Diskurse des Lernens (Discourses of Learning) by Käte Mayer-Drawe. Here’s my translation of a page from the introduction:

Learning begins… where and when that which is familiar loses its utility and that which is new is not yet useful: “when the old world is, so to say, abandoned, and a new one does not yet exist” (Mead). Its path leads not from shadows to the light; instead it brings one into the twilight, at a threshold between no longer and not yet. From a pedagogical perspective and in the strictest sense, learning is an experience. This is the central thesis of this book. As simple as this may sound, its implications are both subversive and anachronistic. Disruptions, difficulties and other inadequacies are unpopular…a pedagogical theory of learning that focuses on inefficient uncertainties can have particular meaning.”