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When Memorization Gets in the Way of Learning

See on Scoop.itThinking differently plus

A teacher’s quest to discourage his students from mindlessly reciting information

Kristin Newton‘s insight:

How do people learn best? Is it the same in every culture? I teach drawing to people who are certain that they can’t draw. But in a few hours, or sometimes even in a few minutes, they can. They are invariably shocked. So I tell them that the reason they thought they couldn’t draw is probably because someone told them they couldn’t and they believed it. Also, they thought they couldn’t draw because they hadn’t been taught in the way they needed to actually learn it. In drawing, sports, and other physical activities mental memorization is of no use. But muscle memory works like magic. The muscles remember in a way the mind doesn’t and remembers for years. It’s endlessly fascinating!

See on www.theatlantic.com

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