Posts Tagged ‘student’


Analyzing why I disagreed with my opponents during conversations, I realized that ,seldom, it was different interests; more often it was different meanings of words. Imagine dialog between two people. One speaks and understands only English and another  German. What kind of decision would they make? For good communication  we need the same words and accuracy in using those words. We don’t need to look for the right definition of words, but for mutual definitions which would help us to communicate.

When we learn foreign  languages we try to understand the meaning of the words with the help of the dictionary:

Definition of KNOWLEDGE from Merriam-Webster Dictionary (without obsolete and archaic)

1 a (1) : the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association (2) :acquaintance with or understanding of a science, art, or technique (1) : the fact or condition of being aware of something (2): the range of one’s information or understanding <answered to the best of my knowledge>c : the circumstance or condition of apprehending truth or fact through reasoning : cognition d : the fact or condition of having information or of being learned <a person of unusual knowledge>

2 a : the sum of what is known : the body of truth, information, and principles acquired by human kind b archaic : a branch of learning

We also understand a word’s meaning with the help of authority (teacher) : Plato defines knowledge as “justified true belief.” And Bertrand Russell as “belief which is in agreement with the facts”.

Lastly, the best way to understand the meaning of a word is through experience, a child’s way to learn language. That is why a good dictionary applies this technique and puts an example of the word’s usage.

  Our experience  could change because reality changes. We need new words to describe new  experiences. Sometimes decisions come with widening or changing words meaning. Words change. After this change happens dictionaries will be corrected, authority will give us new definitions and our experience will be relevant. However during the process we experience some confusion for which only mutual relevant experience could help.


A fear of making a mistake is death for learning to think independently. In my opinion, teacher, facilitator must create atmosphere of freedom. It needs to be explained for students that making mistakes is the way we learn. Everybody makes mistakes. The teacher has to give an example and be able to admit when he doesn’t know something or makes mistake. Moreover, I sometimes make an intentional mistake to explain why my students do not need to accept everything as given.

After I watched  the movie I wrote above and tried to illustrate my thought. I do not know why my pictures said something different.

  A fear of making a mistake is death for learning to think independently.
  In my opinion, teachers and facilitators must create an atmosphere of freedom.
It needs to be explained to students that:

  1. making mistakes is the way we learn.
  2.  everybody makes mistakes.

 

 
  The teacher has to give an example and has to be able to admit when he doesn’t know something or makes a mistake.
I sometimes make an intentional mistake to explain why my students do not need to accept everything as given.  

Do you try to construct CMAP diagram that shows the sources from which we learn thru life? While constructing the diagram, I saw the number of my information sources continuously expended, and  I needed to include the full  world around me. From this I concluded that there is no information shortage, but there is a problem of keeping all this knowledge inside.

in and out

If the information is separated into single disconnected units, it becomes hard to access and easily forgotten. In an imaginary library where the books, the pages and even the words themselves are laid in a great messy pile, it is quite impossible to find anything useful. However, if we put the words and the pages in order, connect them and, finally ,catalog the books by similar themes, this imaginary library would become much more approachable and valuable. It is much simpler to locate and remember separate parts of our knowledge when the information is interconnected as a giant web in our brain. Here comes to mind the internet, the World Wide Web, a constantly shifting database were all information is linked to each other . In both cases, the more information you have the larger the amount of links and connections thru which you can get to your desired destination.brathers of mind