Headspring Into Intentional Learning
- Investigating answers and building awareness without external prompting
- Pushing forward to gain knowledge, understanding and experience
- Enhancing our skills and expertise on purpose
Learning is engrained in every human being, whether it’s intentional or unintentional. Most unintentional learning comes from everyday life, through trial and error. Often times as a child, you see something a friend or your parents are doing, and you want to imitate it. You are soaking in knowledge without even realizing it. Intentional learning comes into play when you are seeking to build or enhance knowledge that you have already gained. You are putting forth the effort to get better.
My wife has participated and taught gymnastics her entire life. It has been over 30 years since she competed, but that hasn’t stopped her from trying to learn new tricks and/or stunts. She recently started venturing over to competitive dance and helping implement some of the aerial aspects of gymnastics into the dance routines.
One of her students recent asked her if she could teach her how to do a head spring. Basically, a hip-hop move where you pop off the ground from your head to your feet. Kind of like a handspring, but your head goes to the ground and you pop up. (See YouTube for a multitude of examples). Being the professional she is, she was certainly going to try, but realized she had never done the stunt and was unsure of the mechanics.
Now my daughter, being a little gymnast and dancer herself, tried it and nailed it on the first attempt. “Mom its easy, you just do it like this”, she said. Obviously easier said than done. Did I mention the age gap here…good, I probably don’t want to fully divulge that info. Anyhow, watching this all unfold on my living room floor was quite a spectacle. There was laughter, frustration, multiple attempts and a video that we’ll save for a rainy day.
Needless the say the effort and the true spirit of intentional learning was on display. My wife’s thought that if she couldn’t do it, or at least hadn’t tried to pull off the feat, then how could she realistically teach some in her lessons. Where the body may not be able, the mind is still willing and sharp.
Intentional Learning as a GuideMark at Funds For Learning is a cornerstone of what we do. We are constantly honing our skills to put forth the best knowledge and experience possible. Investigating answers, building awareness, pushing forward, enhancing our skills and expertise on purpose. The key being on purpose and intentional.
Key Words and Phrases
Strive for understanding; Gather knowledge; Seek wisdom; Build awareness; Discover information; Gain expertise; Become skilled; Find answers.
Muddle; Disarray; Hit-or-miss; Indolent.
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