How much can a mind absorb?

It must be an interesting question for educators. How much can a person really learn over a span of time? Given that everyone learns in vastly different ways, it must be inherently difficult to create a standardized learning template. Not to mention, the will to learn comes down to each individual and has a significant impact on outcomes.  

I feel close to this idea at the moment because I have thrown myself into the deep end. I’ve gone back to work in a corporate setting and am learning the ropes. Which includes culture, processes and ways of working which are unique to this organization. On top of my contribution which I bring from past experiences and education, the learning component is significant.

After a recent 4-day seminar, I revisited my notes with a sinking feeling. In the moment, I believe I am writing down all the necessary ideas to jog my memory later. I am sure I will remember most of what was said, anyway. But it turns out I don’t recall nearly as much as I think. Possibly I am not a great note taker in a lecture setting. Or maybe that is not the best learning style for me.

When the material is simply read out loud word for word from a power point presentation, I question what I really learn. For some people, that is a great method. Information on a screen, printed in front of them and read out loud. All of it matching. This happens to be one of the easier ways to present or teach.

The hybrid model is probably more effective. The screen displays images and the presenter speaks to the images in a free flow, organic way. It feels like a normal conversation where you are naturally being drawn into the material. The audience feels curious to know more about what is being said and questions are often allowed throughout. This is dynamic, but more time consuming to prepare and deliver. Small groups are best.

I think the presentations which have impacted me the most, the ones I can remember vividly for years after were crafted to touch the audience in a deeply emotional way. Maybe there is even a bond created. In this case, the audience is asked to arrive, having prepared ahead of time. It could be through research or bringing materials into the learning space. The presentation is an overview of the most important points which are the jumping off point for an activity which is directly related.

My most memorable example of this type of active learning is an art journaling project following the chapters of a book. Brene Brown guided viewers through the activities which were designed to deepen the meaning of the words written in her book. With so many ways which people learn best, this method does a good job on touching everything. Reading ahead of time was self-paced. Art materials were mostly free choice. There were written instructions as well as a video tutorial. Included in the video was the connection of the creative work to content of the book, which deeply emphasized the words.

Maybe that is a job. A person who designs creative activities for books? Specifically, art journaling projects tied to non-fiction. It is an extremely engaging way to learn. The process of using materials to create with your hands something which was only previously a thought in your brain, almost brings the topic to life. As if it stands out in the room, fully formed. Not to mention the legacy of having an art journal tied to a favorite book, sitting on the shelf side by side.

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