The purpose of this blog is to document my thoughts, ideas, and journeys through learning.
Right now, I’m learning photography, and it’s soooo much harder than I thought it would be. I mean, I have a digital camera, so you just point and click, right? WRONG! I’m learning about composition, rule of thirds, and just the basics. I still have to learn about depth of field, apertures, and a whole host of other things.
Click here to go to my photostream on flikr. Let me know how I’m doing, and if you would have done anything different to make the pictures even better. That’s my phrase…it can always be better! Here is one of my current favorites:
And about knitting…I learned how to cast-on and how to knit, but I have absolutely no idea what to do when the ball of yarn runs out or I come to the end of my scarf. I still have more to learn. If you have any suggestions or ideas, or helpful tips/tricks…I’m all ears!
What I’m learning about learning is that you need to get feedback from others, and most importantly, you must open yourself to that feedback. How many times have you been trying to learn something, and you have no idea if you were going down the right path? How did that make you feel? As trainers, we need to remember that feeling. I have no idea if my knitting is right, so I’m happily going down my merry path. What if I’m learning and reinforcing the wrong movements?
Also, lets remember that we are training adults. Praising them for each correct action they make, no matter how small is just as damaging as giving them no feedback. As with most things in life, it’s all about moderation and balance.
I think that tomorrow I will ruminate on what I would do if one of my students learned the wrong thing, and how I would deal with that situation. I really have no idea, but I’ll ponder it tonight!