Having joined stumble upon again i have discovered a wealth of interesting posts, not just for blog ideas but also to help make me a better, more rounded person.

As a teacher, i am also a lifelong learner, i know that i do not know everything.

I found this interesting article about how to cultivate a lifetime of learning by doing 15 simple things. 

  1. Read a book

I buy my handbags specifically so they will have space for my kindle or a paperback book to fit into.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” 
― Dr. SeussI Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

2. Keep a “to learn list” 

This is not something i have done consciously but i guess there are always things in life that i want to know more about. Having the internet so readily available, with pinterest and all these sites which will happily teach you something on hand we are never far from learning something new.

3. Get more intellectual friends 

This is so true. I miss having friends who have now moved on through travel who you could count on to have a great discussion about something new. They were always there ready to expand my world view or knowledge. Thank you and i hope to find more soon.

4. Guided thinking 

I don’t make notes while i read. I only have when i was at school and only because i had to. I guess my thinking isn’t to guided and maybe that is an area i need to work on.  Blogging could be the answer to that through reviews of what i have read.

5. Put it into practice

You’ve learnt it, Great! now go do it. Using what you have just learnt is so true. I encourage the children i teach to use what they know and go teach someone else to cement their thinking. Leading onto

6. Teach someone else

Those can do teach…….. this is the best way to help your learning, by explaining and teaching others. I have learnt more as a teacher than i ever did in school.

7. Clean your input 

reading quality over quantity is important here. If you are skimming blogs or articles then you need to seek a better source or just one source rather than many.

8. Learn in groups

This is how i encourage children to work in class. A few different sets of eyes, minds and brains helps gives a wider view of the situation. You will be surprised how people see the same thing differently widening your views of the world.

9. Unlearn assumptions

Challenge your world views all the time, this will help you keep a strong idea and also make changes if you find information that prove differently.

10. Find Jobs that encourage learning

Any job which doesn’t encourage growth in it’s workers or provide a challenge isn’t helping you as a person.

11. Start a project

Challenge yourself to learn something new.

12. Follow your intuition

Follow your heart and learn what interests you. Doesn’t matter if it is important for work, learn because you want to. Embrace the whimsical nature of it.

13. Take 15 minutes 

Early mornings are the best times for learning something new, before the chaos of the day takes over. I need to long to wake up so I find just before bed is also a great time as i can think and process and dream. Set aside 15 from checking Facebook, Twitter and all those other non-essential tasks and learn something.

14.  Reap the rewards

Although you should learn things your interested in. Try and learn things you can use, create a sense of pride in this new found knowledge.

15. Make it a priority 

Nothing can force you to learn, you have to want it. Once you decide you want to make lifelong learning a habit, it is up to you to make it a priority in your life.

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”
― Albert EinsteinOut of My Later Years: The Scientist, Philosopher, and Man Portrayed Through His Own Words

Some of my thoughts on the articles heading, what do you think? How do you carry on learning in your life? Please share with other lifelong learners. 

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2 thoughts on “15 interesting steps to enable lifelong learning

  1. I agree with every word. I’ve just started learning Italian having merely a smattering of the language hardly usable when outside the main cities in Italy. It’s difficult though, without a group to share a discussion with but there is no one in my area interested in learning this particular language.

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