Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The Laws of Learning

"The four laws of learning are explanation, demonstration, imitation, and repetition. The goal is to create a correct habit that can be produced instinctively under great pressure. To make sure this goal was achieved, I created eight laws of learning: namely, explanation, demonstration, imitation, repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition and repetition."

-- John Wooden


Instructivist said...

I takes a coach to come up with good sense. This is in sharp constrast to educationist babbling.

I also like a few other quotes attributed to him:

"Don't mistake activity for achievement."


"When everyone is thinking the same, no one is thinking."


"Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming."
"Be quick, but don't hurry."
"Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful."
"A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, that’s teamwork."
"Sports don't build character, they reveal it."
"Failing to prepare is preparing to fail."
"Don't mistake activity for achievement."
"Goodness Gracious sakes alive."
"The worst things you can do for the ones you love are things they could and should do for themselves."
"You don't know our coach. He doesn't see color. He just sees ballplayers."
"Little things make big things happen."
"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."
"When everyone is thinking the same, no one is thinking."

Tony said...

I think I would prefer "reinforcement" to "repetition." The latter sounds like doing the same thing over and over again, while the former sounds like doing kind of the same thing in new and different ways.

concernedCTparent said...

"Goodness, gracious, sakes alive"... when he said that, you better step it up because you were in trouble!

My kids know that one (and the meaning Coach Wooden gave it) and when I say that, they take notice.

What a brilliant human being!

Anonymous said...

what are you using for literacy

concernedCTparent said...

Literacy is actually one of the most complex components of the homeschool plan this year ...

I've decided to go with Hake Grammar and Writing along with with Writing Strands, Vocabulit, and Vocabulary from Classical Roots. I may do some sentence combining exercises as well. Mostly, I hope to "de-program" the writing "formula" that has been taught to fit the grading rubric for standardized testing this past year... I find it most limiting and so very drab.

The focus will be on those areas where I feel my daughter needs to enrich and develop particularly her writing. She'll be studying and writing about very rich topics (World History, Geography, Classical literature) and there is a strong logic component planned as well.

Because her math studies will now be more efficient, she will be able to work more deeply on her writing skills with time for many revisions and editing of essays and reports on subjects that she happens to find fascinating (Ancient History).

I'm not sure if that answers your question or if that's what you were referring to, but there you have it.