Closing One Door Opens Another
Have you ever really loved a topic, or a course, and been really disappointed when it finished? Then you’ve been missing out an on excellent opportunity.
Students have a common mindset; once I don’t need to learn any more information, I stop. This is a problem if you’re looking to put yourself ahead of your peers. The desire for more information spoke of in the introductory passage is the Habit of Mind Remaining Open to Continuous Learning. If you have the desire to go beyond the course material, it can only be beneficial.
You’re probably thinking of a million excuses not to continue learning in your own time. And I can almost guarantee you they are lame and work-around-able.
I don’t have enough time.
Wrong. If I have enough time to play for three soccer teams, take piano lessons, take Japanese classes, write five blog posts a week, learn a multitude of web languages, and maintain a straight A report, you can take an hour or two every week to do something you find interesting. Besides, as the absolute legend Chris Baty writes in No Plot? No Problem! A Low Stress, High Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days,
If you have a million things to do, adding item number 1,000,001 is not such a big deal.
Just as a side-thought, you should really check out NaNoWriMo, if you’re looking for item 1,000,002.
I don’t know where to start
Where ever you left off! I thought you were supposed to be smart!
What if someone laughs at me?
You have three options
- Compare your grades to theirs’ and laugh back
- Tell them to shove off
- Be VERY secretive
There are so many resources available these days. Your first port-of-call should be your teachers. They are an endless source of information, and they can point you in the right direction. You can also use community resources; are there any groups or clubs in your area with the same interest. Also check out your local library, as they probably have a whole bunch of books that you can check out. Finally, the internet will be your best friend when you really get into it. That’s where I learnt HTML, CSS, PHP, WordPress, Photoshop and Illustrator. It really is invaluable.
So, stop worrying about having free time, and start learning as much as possible. As usual, let me know what you think,
About Katie WalkerHey, I'm a student. I'm into web development, so currently I'm working on my blog, a few Tumblr themes, and a few web apps for various purposes. It's exciting stuff.
habits of mind
- Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
- Creating, Imagining, and innovating
- Finding Humour
- Gathering Data through all the Senses
- Listening with Understanding and Empathy
- Managing Impulsivity
- Questioning and Posing Problems
- Remaining Open to Continuous Learning
- Responding with Wonderment and Awe
- Striving for Accuracy
- Taking Responsible Risks
- Thinking about Thinking
- Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
- Thinking Flexibly
- Thinking Interdependently