This is part of an ongoing series on the fundamental rules or “patterns” of accelerated learning. Each rule is very contextual; these are not silver bullets or cure-alls.
Rule #1: ALIVE
If you’re working to accelerate your learning (or teaching) as much as possible…
It’s difficult to learn skills or new competencies from reading books, verbal explanations, or standardized curricula.
- Hypothetical skills are difficult to sort out and disentangle from value-based opinions (“you’re doing it wrong!”)
- It’s easiest to understand a process when you can observe it or experience it for yourself.
- Skilled practitioners, even if poor conventional teachers, communicate volumes simply through role-modeling.
- Learners and learning styles vary widely; learners are easily overwhelmed or bored by a standardized curriculum.
- The most engaged and successful learners are those experiencing a “flow” experience of full engagement in the moment.
- Learning is strongest in playful, energized, heartfelt exchanges.
- Prioritize real-life, in-person experiences: see, touch, hear, feel the skill being practiced.
- If written or explanatory resources are the only ones available, prioritize researching accounts of the skill in practice, rather than explanations on how or why it works.
- Abandon abstract value judgements of the rightness or wrongness of any particular expression of the skill, as long as it is being performed by a competent live practitioner. The more points of view, the more organic your understanding of how the skill is expressed by different people in different situations.
- Observe closely the energy of learners; are they bored? Are they overwhelmed? How full of life are they?
- Adjust the environment to create the fullest engagement amongst all participants, from moment to moment.
- Make play central to the learning process.