Five words about learning. Day 4: Stretch

No, not yoga, but stretching yourself beyond your comfort zone. You can learn within the space you are familiar with, but you can learn more by moving outside it.

I’m reading a book about mathematics, which is worrying as i am no mathematician. Fortunately, the author has managed to use some pictures to reduce the complexity of his subject to a level that i can just about hang onto the edges of. At least until i finish the book.

To be honest, i couldn’t begin to repeat the learning back to you, it’s still somewhat beyond me, but for several glorious hours as i read, i almost understood it. There’s nothing wrong with moving beyond your boundaries, it can be motivational to glimpse something in the distance of understanding that may be beyond your current reach.

Too often learning is structured around the lowest common denominator: maybe we should ensure that sometimes we go for the stretch.

The blog is on holiday this week, so we hope you enjoy our Five Words about Learning.

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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2 Responses to Five words about learning. Day 4: Stretch

  1. Nick Chisnall says:

    I’ve really enjoyed a diiferent view of the blog this week Julian. Catching just a few words to think about makes the mind conjure up more images and possibilities from the text.

    Thank you

    • julianstodd says:

      Hey Nick, glad you’ve enjoyed it – it’s been nice to have a few quiet days away from a mobile phone signal in Cornwall! Lots of time for reading and catching up with friends, as well as coming up with a few new ideas 🙂

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