Learning to Connect!

Remember the teacher in Peanuts cartoons? She of the trombone voice? Wahwahwahwah. Her lectures left some Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 12.41.27 PMsleepy and others bewildered.

Consider the complexity of the teacher-student connection: the thought in the teacher’s brain, turned into words, then heard and interpreted by students. Is it any wonder Peppermint Patty was snoozing and Charlie Brown was bamboozled?

Add a horse to this equation. The horse receives cues from the rider (and sometimes the instructor) and may or may not understand the rider’s intentions. It’s a massive spaghetti plate of interpretation, full of possibilities and pitfalls. No wonder we struggle to improve and connect as a horse-rider pair!

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At BestHorsePractices and NickerNews, we’re assembling a group of articles and features dedicated to sorting through learning to connectthe missed and made connections. Our Learning to Connect features will help you with features from guest columnists from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.

Check out:

Amy Skinner on education getting in the way

Shelley Appleton on Emotion and Intellect

Shelley Appleton on Successful Learners’ Traits

Rob and Debbie, Not too Old to Learn

Learning to Learn: explaining Long-Term Potentiation

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