How can you link your knowledge to learn new subjects?
How can you learn faster?
How has your past experience helped you today?
I wasn’t use to doing big project. I only ever did sums. Years and years of maths. Nearly a decade of numbers and excel sheets. Well, no excel sheets in college.
Sure, I was studying information technology and telecommunications. But we studied electronics, physics, computer programming, web design, HTML, Dreamweaver, analogue and digital devices: Only never in a conventional and practical way. No. We learnt about them in pure math squiggles.
A few of the guys got wise about third year.We’d joke how we were the arts degree of the computers department. But they all had a take-away. An idea. And it was to study computer programming. And so they did. Some of them went on to work in coding – a few in animation. The rest of us went into the financial world.
When I went back to do my post grad in primary school teaching, I can never articulate how much of a culture shock it was.
I mean, my vocabulary was pretty limited. I, like, probably sounded like an Irish Paris Hilton?
There I was, having to do term /monthly/weekly/daily/ lesson plans that had relevant themes.(and incorporated differentiation) But now! Now it makes me laugh. Because having themes in lesson plans is the exact same as using keywords for great SEO.
Using images in blog content is the equivalent as using pictures in the introduction of a lesson plan. Heck, teachers even use ALT tag – all our resources are labelled!
How do you get pupils interested in a (boring) lesson? How will you access their new knowledge? How will you set the lesson so that it’s active learning and not passive?
Yeah, exactly! You’ll do it by asking questions, silly. And in SEO they call that ‘using the Google search term in your blog post.’
No matter what you are doing right now, it all adds up. Don’t leave knowledge compartmentalised. Create links/webs/strands of knowledge.
Nowadays, I take my IT degree, splash it with my teaching post grad, mix them with my learning habbit and I’m drinking lots of digital marketing, blogging, and creative writing cocktails. Fun!
How do you learn?
Do you ever question a new subject to see if it’s relatable to your present knowledge?