The Importance of Being a Lifelong Learner
Happy New Year! At the beginning of the new year, many people begin the year with resolutions to improve themselves. What is your New Year Resolution?
Perhaps your resolution is to learn something new this year! If so, you may already know the importance of being a lifelong learner.
Do you have a different resolution? Or have you decided not to make any this year?
While it was once thought that connections in the brain become fixed as we age, research shows that the brain has the capacity to change with learning. “Changes associated with learning occur mostly at the level of the connections between neurons. New connections can form and the internal structure of the existing synapses can change,” says Dr. Pascale Michelon in his 2008 article Brain Plasticity: How learning changes your brain.
What does this mean?
Try learning something new! This research shows how important it is for us to continue learning – to become lifelong learners. Learning something new could be the best new year resolution you can make. Not only is it easier to keep this resolution for yourself, you can continue to use the knowledge you gain and even continue your learning to master the subject you choose.
At Eduro Learning, we think one of the best parts about being involved in education is the endless opportunities for professional growth. They can be provided by your school, or expected by an accreditation organization, but there’s always an opportunity to be a learner when your job is in education.
Unfortunately, some teachers secure a classroom position and decide there’s no reason to keep learning. We’ve all seen the teacher that has taught the same year of grade 3 for 20 years in a row. Or the high school math teacher who teaches the same unit at the same time, in the same way, year after year.
We try to instill the importance of continually learning to our students, so why don’t we subscribe to that notion ourselves?
To improve in anything, you need to practice. Practice includes learning how you can improve, or learning new advances or ideas in your field. Taking time regularly to continue your education is important to push yourself to be a better teacher.
If our job is to teach people how to learn, then practicing our craft is not teaching, it’s actually learning.
If your goal is to be the best teacher you can be, we argue that you need to be a student. Grab this week’s freebie, “5 Reasons Why Every Teacher Should Be a Student,” to see how an always learning mindset can help you improve your teaching practice.
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This idea of being a lifelong learner doesn’t just apply to your work as a teacher – it also applies to your personal life. Taking the time to learn a new skill or pick up a new hobby – it’s the same idea. No matter which pathway you choose, try learning something new this year!
If this has sparked your interest in being a student again, we invite you to continue learning with us! We have so many more resources to share, practical lesson plans and applications, and relevant and immediately applicable action tasks you can apply right away in your own classroom. And the best part is, we have courses to suit any budget or time frame, and tons of great products and freebies to get you started if you’re not quite ready to jump into a course yet!
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