Thursday January 15, 2004

I do ... and I understand

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Thursday Threesome ]

::Confucius say::

Onesome- I hear and I forget. What’s the one thing you’ve had explained to you over and over, but it still goes in one ear and out the other?

Twosome- I see and I remember. Is there anything you’ve learned how to do just by watching someone else do it first?

Threesome- I do and I understand. Is there anything you excel at that you taught yourself to do?


Onesome- I hear and I forget.
Electric :-/ Single-pole double-throw switches and whatnot.

Also, explained repeatedly to me by me (which is infinitely worse): Do not accept any job simply because it has been offered to you and you think "Oh, I should be able to do that."
:-(

Twosome- I see and I remember.
This is how I learned to do most things when I was growing up. It's how I learned to write, to read for pleasure, to enjoy crafts; it's how I learned to handle a car; it's how I learned to appreciate architectural details. This is how I learned to sew and mend (although my knowledge far exceeds my abilities) and how I learned to cook (I still cook by "feel", although we do write down the best solutions we discover). This is how I learned to teach.

This is the way I learned how to use a checkbook, to buy groceries, to order in a restaurant. This is the way I learned to be a "functional adult" — mostly by observing my parents.

(And... it's how I learned to use chopsticks — but in that case, it wasn't my parents I was observing :-)

Threesome- I do and I understand.
Many years ago, I taught myself counted cross stitch (on linen, no less) after I saw a woman cross-stitching in a park. I taught myself American Sign Language (from a book) and did well enough to get myself moved into the "Advanced" beginners section when I took my first class. I also taught myself basic German vocabulary (from the book my Dad used in College) which made my College German class go much easier.

Now that we are both "functional adults", Spouse and self prefer the "learn by doing" method. This is the way we've both learned many of our programming skills, from Unix to Perl to HTML. We also share what we've learned, so there can be a bit of "I see and I remember" involved as well.

I do ... and I understand ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Thu, 15 Jan, 14:14 Pacific | «e»