Teaching is such a great tool to enhance the world around us. Everyone has something to teach. Take for instance, teachers and professors. They show you how to expand your mind and bring about positive ways in how to think. I’m sure you have heard the best teachers teach you how to figure out things on your own because they understand that everyone learns differently. They answer questions with questions and answers your answers with questions. They show you what they know but it’s up to you to decipher the intellectual information given.
A great concept I came across in the book, HOW DO WE DECIDE, by Jonah Lehrer, shows us a different avenue towards teaching. Here is an excerpt from his book.
“Carol Dweck, a psychologist at Stanford, has spent decades demonstrating that one of the crucial ingredients of successful education is the ability to learn from mistakes…Unfortunately, children are often taught the exact opposite. Instead of praising kids for trying hard, teachers typically praise them for their innate intelligence (being smart)….Dweck has shown that this type of encouragement actually backfires, since it leads students to see mistakes as signs of stupidity and not as the building blocks of knowledge. The regrettable outcome is that kids never learn how to learn.
Unless you experience the unpleasant symptoms of being wrong, your brain will never revise its models. Before your neurons can succeed, they must repeatedly fail. There are no shortcuts for this painstaking process.”
COMMEND MISTAKES AND FAILURES.
FIGURE IT OUT.