Today I learned from learning expert Michael Simmons that the best way to learn things faster is to teach others what you are learning as you are learning it. Research has shown that this strategy for learning helps to reinforce the new information through repetition and feedback. It’s based on social learning theory, which refers to the idea that people have a tendency to model the behaviors of their environment.
A really entertaining illustration of social learning theory was captured in the Brain Game’s social learning waiting room experiment (see video below).
You can also check out the bobo doll experiment (see video below) for a blast from the past.
Michael Simmon’s Daily Learning Journal group on Facebook really inspired me to take my daily learnings beyond journals and notebooks, afterthoughts in the shower, or a private Facebook group with growth-minded individuals and onto my personal blog. I consider this website more personal and the other one more professional in nature. As such, I figured maybe I can use this blog to share personal reflections about things that I am learning. It just so happens that I learn better when I write, and I used to write a lot. But then I started writing for pay, and that kind of took the joy out of writing for me. So I stopped writing as much until I stopped writing at all, at least not for myself the way I used when I was growing up in the era of Xanga, Live Journal, and Myspace.
One of my personal goals is to find my way back to my voice and get back into a writing groove, which brings me back to my original point about the best way to learn is by teaching it to others as you are learning it. This doesn’t mean you’ve got to reserve a classroom and prepare any sort of presentations (but if that’s how you roll, by all means, go for it). All that means is creating an opportunity to share what you are learning with others who enjoy learning something new everyday as much as you do. Maybe the person you shared it with learned it before you did. But they didn’t learn it the way you are teaching it, so they end up deepening their understanding of something they already learned as they become exposed to your way of understanding a similar learning. The result is a social learning environment that encourages dialogue and allows people to learn from each other’s learnings and experiences. I hope to use this platform to reinforce some of my learnings while sharing it with others who are interested in learning about personal development and relationship dynamics.
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