Thinkering to Learn
  • General methods to learn/know
  • Knowledge sources & communities
  • Applying learning
  • Transferring learning
  • Sharing learning
  • What helps me learn?
    • Drawing pictures or diagrams
    • Asking myself questions
    • Asking myself what I think I don't know yet or need to know
    • Reviewing what I already know
    • Reviewing what seemed to be the big lessons from the class/day/project
    • Talking to others about what I am learning
    • Practicing
    • Considering alternative ways to do things
    • Noting what I don't understand or do well - to work on later
    • Guessing and checking / Trial and error / Brute force and awkwardness
    • Connecting what I learn to other things I already know about
    • Managing my time (using a calendar, to do list, etc.)
    • Breaking bigger projects down into more manageable steps
    • Keeping a blog, journal, or commonplace book
    • Thinking it through myself and then asking others OR vice versa
    • Taking a walk or sleeping on a tough problem
    • Reading/watching how others learn (biographies, autobiographies, etc.)
    • Checking out what others are up to and asking them questions
    • Failing fast and iterating
    • Remixing other people's ideas/work
    • Following models first before trying on my own
    • Thinking about my thinking
    • Purposefully pausing and reflecting on my work and thinking
    • Eating dessert first, or at least making sure there is some dessert in my project
  • I learn better from:
    • reading books,
    • watching videos,
    • talking to other people,
    • watching other people,
    • having someone else show me and do it with me,
    • trying it myself,
    • teaching someone else, ...
    • How do you really know you learn better that way as opposed to it just feeling better or easier?
    • Do you learn better different ways at different times?