Although I studied Spanish for three years in high school and two semesters in college, it wasn’t until I had the opportunity to visit Mexico repeatedly that I become more fluent. Full immersion in a culture that speaks the language is the best way to learn and live the language.
So if you want to learn radian measure, then you must frequently visit the country of Radian. Fully immerse yourself in radian measure. Dipping your toe in the water and complaining (it’s too cold/too warm/too wet) is pretty much a non-commitment. Be strong and wrestle conceptually until you dream in radian measure.
The nimiety of excuses that students offer to ask for extra credit near the end of a semester is truly remarkable. Regardless of the pretense, why ask for extra credit when the regular credit was not even attempted? Truly, extra credit is for the student who has completed all of the regular credit, and who wants to apply and synthesize what he’s learned in a challenging extracurricular way. This extension of curriculum aspect is why students never complete “extra” credit — because they can’t!
We all know individuals who do well in school, especially in “tough” subjects like math. Those who do exceptionally well with math topics are often put on a pedestal. As they should be. However, they ought not be hoisted onto the “uber-smart-guy” pedestal. While good students are often intelligent, it’s not the proper pedestal. This implies that bad students are victims of a genetic lottery. There is something else that differentiates these top-achieving individuals from the would-be dynamos.
When I was a youngster, I did something stupid. I had a job mowing the neighbor’s lawn. The grass had gotten to be about 6 inches high before the neighbor offered to hire me, but I still saw the orange extension cord uncoiled in the yard connecting the pool filter to the house. The grass was so high that I reasoned it would hold the cord down if I just mowed over it. You can guess what happened. I caused a short, ruined the cord, and wrapped it around the spindle under the mowing deck. What did I do? I fessed up. I told the neighbor what I did, so they could reset the breaker. Then I unwound the cord, finished mowing the lawn, and rode my bicycle to Kmart to buy a new extension cord.
It’s okay to make mistakes. In fact, the most successful people you have read about all made mistakes. That’s how they learned and became successful. Error analysis is the most powerful method for learning. Learning-Focused tells its clients that McREL research reports that error analysis exceeds traditional learning methods by a factor of 1.61. But if error analysis is such a powerful tool, why do so many of us live in the land of rainbows and unicorns? Denial ain’t a river in Egypt! So what should you do???
Success is never achieved overnight. You have to put in the hours (see my post) and do the work. Each successful student has taken ownership of their learning. They have decided that they want to contributing members in society, and they refuse to be held back by the disempowering scarcity (aka, fixed) mindset. They have an abundance (aka, growth) mindset.
While there are many paths that lead to success, all have common mileposts. Successful students all share some common attributes that help them thrive in the classroom. And here are 7 things never heard from a successful student.
If you’ve ever wondered where a person’s taste in music comes from, this video from our friends at SciShow may answer that question for you.
Once you know the answer, it seems easy, doesn’t it? According to Dr. Derek Muller, our bias is to seek confirmation of what we believe to be true. When the reality of the situation does not match our perceptions, we often don’t know how to proceed.