In learning, we strive to question assumptions, think critically, and actively test knowledge at every opportunity.
It has been shown that higher-order thinking tasks such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation greatly facilitate learning. They are often more fun and more engaging, than passive listening.
ACTIVE LEARNING ENGAGES STUDENTS IN TWO ASPECTS – DOING THINGS AND THINKING ABOUT THE THINGS THEY ARE DOING.
UP4 RECOGNIZING KNOWING AS THE ENEMY OF LEARNING
Learning is life. Knowledge is essential and should be accumulated, but knowing is a verb that we choose to do with our knowledge. Knowing unconsciously prevents learning.
COUNTLESS STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT OUR BRAINS DO NOT MULTITASK AS WELL AS WE THINK THEY CAN. THE PREFRONTAL CORTEX IS THE CORE OF THE FRONTAL LOBE AND THE DECISION CENTER IN YOUR BRAIN. THIS TRUTH HOLDS UNTIL YOU’VE CREATED A HABIT, ALLOWING YOUR BRAIN TO EXECUTE PHYSICAL OR MENTAL TASKS AS AN AUTOMATIC ROUTINE. THIS OCCURS, INSTEAD, IN A BRAIN REGION CALLED THE BASAL GANGLIA WHICH GOVERNS PATTERN RECOGNITION, MEMORIES, AND EMOTIONS.
SOME NEW STUDIES EVEN SUGGEST THAT THE HIPPOCAMPUS SHUTS DOWN PRODUCTION OF THE LEARNING CHEMICAL (O-GLCNACYLATED PROTEINS) WHEN YOU ARE IN A STATE OF KNOWING.
Knowing is perfect for repeating a successful experience, but only learning helps in addressing new problems or creating new possibilities.
Active learning disarms the brain and allows you to learn through discovery, to learn by doing. We aim to minimize time spent passively listening and maximize experiential learning through problem solving in Nature and with each other.
Something in us knows, deep in the gut or the heart, perhaps at an unconscious level, that we are made of more than just the sum total of our thoughts, feelings and the life situation that we are living at the moment. We have a sense of being larger or more infinite than ourselves. For most of us, the idea that we humans are vaster than just finite and personal egos feels relieving, even if we can't quite access the knowing of it directly.
We are spiritual beings experiencing human life in this world. This life is filled with opportunities to know conflict and struggle, but also JOY. Learning to live peacefully with others and our planet begins with learning to love, accept, and know peace within ourselves.