“Learning is about biology.” James Zull
I have been reading an intriguing book, The Art of Changing the Brain- Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning, by James E. Zull. Professor Zull is a Professor of Biology and Biochemistry at Case Western University and the Director of The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education.
Kolb’s Learning Cycle and the Brain
Zull correlates David Kolb’s experiential learning model with how the brain physically functions.
Kolb’s experiential learning model is a cycle of learning that begins with concrete experience. The cycle then moves to reflective observation, abstract hypothesis and active testing, which starts the cycle again.
The passage below is drawn directly from Zull’s … Read the rest
“There is no decision that we can make that doesn’t come with some sort of balance or sacrifice.” Simon Sinek
We are faced with decisions, both large and small, every day. Some decisions are easy to make: “Should I hit the Snooze button?” “Will I have fruit pie or ice cream for dessert? Oh, I can have both! Just heat the pie, please.” Others are more difficult, because there are consequences: “Do I change my lifestyle to improve my health?” “Do I stay in my current job or do I take a different one?”
This is where decisional balance comes in handy. It takes decision making beyond simply weighing the pros and cons of the career move (a change). It … Read the rest
“Successfully functioning in a society with diverse values, traditions and lifestyles requires us to have a relationship to our own reactions rather than be captive of them. To resist our tendencies to make right or true, that which is nearly familiar, and wrong or false, that which is only strange.” Robert Kegan
We know that children grow in stages (for example, we’ve heard of, if not experienced, the terrible two’s). Well, according to Dr. Robert Kegan, a former Harvard psychologist, adults also transition through different stages. Becoming an adult isn’t about learning new things, it’s about transitioning into higher stages of development and maturity.
Natali Morad describes these five stages:
- Stage 1 — The Impulsive Mind (early childhood). Here the
“Learning agility: knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do.” Hallenbeck, Swisher and Orr
The following information is drawn directly from “Seven faces of learning agility” written by George Hallenbeck, Vicki Swisher and J. Evelyn Orr.
Agile Learner Qualities
Learning agility is the ability and willingness to learn from experience and then apply that learning to perform successfully in new situations.
People who are learning agile:
- Seek out experiences to learn from.
- Enjoy complex problems and challenges associated with new experiences.
- Get more out of those experiences because they have an interest in making sense of them.
- Perform better because they incorporate new skills into their repertoire.
Recent research by Korn/Ferry International has determined … Read the rest
“Ultimately, our ability to continuously learn and adapt will determine the extent to which we thrive in today’s turbulent times.” Adam Mitchinson and Robert Morris
When I first heard about agile learners, I thought they just learned more quickly than other learners. However, my research reveals that agile learners have many more qualities that are increasingly necessary in this volatile, uncertain, changing and ambiguous world.
Definition of Agile Learner
One source defines learning agility as “the ability and willingness to learn from all kinds of experience and use those lessons to perform effectively in new and different situations…an individual’s adaptability in learning new ways of coping with unforeseen problems and opportunities.”