The Nature of Teaching and Learning: What our Decades of Experience Have Shown Us
o Students have far more potential than they are usually told.
o Students are often distracted from their potential by irrelevant studies, as well as by peer pressure, “drama,” work/income pressure, social media, entertainment, and consumer products.
o You can avoid irrelevant studies by choosing a major early and getting a start on the required courses, plus taking an equal number of courses that interest you strongly, whether required or not. This may mean taking longer to get your degree, but shall make you a better and smarter professional.
o Students who make the commitment to focused work and maintaining a growth mindset can navigate the minefield of irrelevance and make their best vision of themselves REAL.
o Students know more than they think they know, and they can trust their intuition as well as their ordinary thought processes.
o Students can take charge of their own ATTITUDES and change any that no longer serve them.
o Rational thinking is not always rational; it is clouded by conditioning, tradition, fear, beliefs, miseducation, etc. Become familiar with “Rationalization” (making something that is untrue look rational). Learn to recognize it in yourself and others. Unfortunately, rationalizing may be more common than truth-seeking.
o Students can make good decisions by trusting their intuition and positive emotions. Positive emotion is based on love of self and others, and is impossible to distort or exploit. Genuine love doesn’t lie or try to control others.
VALUABLE INFO FROM KEN BAIN: ADVICE FOR THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO EXCEL IN COLLEGE
From his book What the Best College Students Do, a quality guidebook for getting the most out of your college experience
“There are three types of learners: surface learners, who do as little as possible to get by; strategic learners, who aim for top grades rather than true understanding; and deep learners, who leave college with a real, rich education.”
Check out Dean Bain’s points below. How many of them are you doing?
–Pursue passion, not A’s.
–Get comfortable with failure.
–Make a personal connection to your studies.
–Read and think actively.
–Ask big questions.
–Cultivate empathy for others.
–Set goals (a vision of yourself) and make them real.
–Find a way to contribute to others.