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Developing Story Speak "Learning"

Discussion in 'General Education Discussions' started by Robert Heiny, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. Robert Heiny

    Robert Heiny Research Scientist of Learning and Education Flight Instructor

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    Do you speak "Learning"? It's a language of process. It's the way learners solve problems. With this process, people create collaborations such as cars, football teams, schools as well as individual efforts such as paintings, sculptures, and pastries.

    The language Learning answers the question, "How?" People use it to arrange their lifestyles by creating symbols and artifacts out of whatever they have at hand. Most people in and out of schools do not speak it. The best teachers use it intuitively, but few speak it. Teachers in NESI use it intentionally and obtain extraordinary results. They speak Learning.

    It is to lifestyle what machine language is to computers big and small, cars, and entertainment. It accounts for what people choose to learn. (Yes, from this view, each person and nobody or nothing else chooses what, when, and how much you learn. We all know that, but it's not a popular or politically correct thing to say in some circles.)

    It is a language that the most informed people use as do the most wealthy, powerful, and practical. Use of it is one of the ways we know when you are awake, when you are alive.

    Story tellers use it to describe mysteries and other tales. Journalists use it to distinguish reporting facts from fictions. Designers use it to convert ideas to symbols and then to rangible items.

    West Coast Customs, Giada, and Disneyland are among prominent users of it today. They each start something from an identifiable point in time and take one step at a time to produce something.

    WCC designs and makes custom cars and other vehicles. Giada cooks and creates entertainment in a home. Disneyland creates settings that tell familiar stories that link fiction with reality that can literally take your breath away.

    They demonstrate that the language of Learning is practical, not theoretical. It's present, not hidden. And, it occurs in observable patterns that you perform every moment of every day.

    An Example of Using "Learning"

    Disney's California Adventure offered one of the most complete compact lessons I've seen using the language of Learning. It was in the anamation studio in the theater section of DCA. Total elapsed time in the theater was about 20 minutes.

    The teacher in front of the theater was an animator. We entered the theater seating about 250 people.

    The teacher invited us each to sit down. He then announced that we were going to draw a cartoon of the bust of Pooh Bear.

    He told us to pick up the drawing board in front of each seat, take one piece of paper being passed down each row, slip the paper under the paper clip fixed to the board, remove the pencil from its clip on the drawing board, and follow his directions. He was demonstrating what to do as he was saying each step.

    Then, he told us to draw a straight horizontal line about 4 inches long in the center of the bottom of the 1/4th of the paper. Now, draw a parallel line the same size above and in the top 1/4th of the paper. Now, draw a line from the top to bottom lines on each side to form a box.

    Step by step he told and showed us where to draw straight lines, Cs, loops, shading, etc. to complete the image. Last, he told us to sign our names: "No drawing is complete without the mark of the artist!"

    The Question
    So, the question remains, "Do you speak Learning as well as you speak English?

    If you do, can you name the parts of Learning that an observer can see and sense as you use it?"

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