What Matters/Exploration, discovery, learning
Exploration, discovery, learning
There is much more out there than in here so venture out, discover new things, and continue to learn. A Buddhist proverb assures us “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”. Stay ready.
Essential foundations of learning include:
- Humility, an acknowledgement of your ignorance, is the essential prerequisite for learning.
- Curiosity – Wanting to know more, wanting to understand, wanting to learn.
- Memory – Your ability to store, retain, and recall information and experiences.
- Language Proficiency – able to communicate fluently in a language. Establishing a basis for inquiry, dialogue, and discourse.
- Literacy – able to read for comprehension and write with coherence and clarity.
- Numeracy – able to reason with numbers and comprehend quantitative concepts.
- An understanding of Big History.
- Knowing how you know – having a well-founded basis for deciding what to believe.
- Formal logic - The rules of valid reasoning.
- Critical thinking - What are the premises? Are they true? Does the conclusion logically follow from those premises?
- Congruence - an integration forming a coherent whole.
- The Wikiversity course Knowing How You Know.
- The Wikiversity course Socratic Methods.
- Primary, secondary, and tertiary research skills.
- Problem formulation and problem solving - improving human welfare by applying learning, experience, analysis, and creativity to move from a given state to a desired goal state.
- Creativity - Generating new and valuable ideas.
- Play provides a safe, enjoyable, and mentally engaging environment for trying out new skills, exploring ideas, and getting rapid feedback. It is an important learning mode. Play to learn and learn to play.
- Knowledge of our world that provide fundamentals for living.
- The Virtues.
- Your True Self.
Adopt an engaging learning model that increases well-being.
- Based on your own goals, assess your competency in each of the learning skills listed above. Perhaps you can grade yourself (A–F) for each skill.
- Learn the skills you need to close those gaps.
- Continue to explore, discover, and learn.
- Ask "why" and continue asking "why" until you find coherent answers that form a coherent worldview that corresponds with reality and provides a global perspective.
- Complete the Wikiversity course on Knowing How You Know.
- Complete the Wikiversity course on Socratic Methods.
Suggestions for further reading:
- Carey, Benedict ((September, 2014). How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens. Random House. pp. 272. ISBN 978-0812993882.
- (Evaluate: The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance )
- (Evaluate: Colvin, Geoff (2010). Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else. Portfolio Trade. pp. 240. ISBN 978-1591842941. )
- (Evaluate: How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching)
- (Evaluate: Mind in the Making: The Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs)
- (Evaluate: From Knowledge to Wisdom: A Revolution for Science and the Humanities)
- (Evaluate: Learning, Teaching and Education Research in the 21st Century: An Evolutionary Analysis of the Role of Teachers )
- (Evaluate: Imagining the University, By Ronald Barnett