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Archive for October 2018

Growing your knowledge and sharing it

Are you listening to and reading from people you believe are smarter than you on the current subject? If not, how do you learn anything new?

Constantly growing and learning makes you a better person and then others can grow and learn from you.

We each have areas in our life where we have spent the time and effort to become more expert while there are other areas and topics where we will benefit from seeking to learn from others.

Your learning becomes more valuable, even to you, when you
Don’t forget to share
With someone, somewhere.

Mental Models for better & easier solutions

Mental models
Why do some people find ‘simple’ mathematics problems so impossible. I used common fractions for my research but it wouldn’t matter which specific concept I had chosen.
The answer I discovered and proved was that children and adults alike, who had a mental model of the concept, could solve the math problems. Those who didn’t were using rote rules that had no meaning, no models in their mind, so they made mistakes or gave up. They often could follow the rules successfully as long as the next problem looked exactly like the last one. If presented a problem that looked different, they couldn’t picture how to modify the rules, they couldn’t see where or how it matched up to the last one or something they had seen before.
Mental models are built by drawing, building with objects, and imagining.
One type of mental model that can help with thinking clearly and making strong decisions is the mind map. It helps you brainstorm lots of options and then it organizes those options for consideration.