Friday, November 14, 2014

Learning is a Continuous Experience

S.E.E.D.S. Co-Founder Gregory Lee created a number of cyclic sayings during his nearly 3 decades of teaching.  The sayings are looped around a yin-yang symbol.  Originally he roughly arranged the worlds in a circle.  The original form of this cyclic saying was a single “loop” of words starting “Teachers should be students should be…” and ending with teachers.   Late versions used two simple phrases “Teachers should be students; Students should be teachers.”

This cyclic saying was borne out of the realization that as a student, he learned better when trying to teach the lesson to other students in a study group.  Sometimes the repetition helped him to more fully absorb the information.  Other times, trying to explain the topic to another student helped to clarify it in his own mind.  And then, in the spirit of life-long learning, a teacher continually learns new things to keep up proficiency and is therefore a student.

Personal experience and repeated validation keeps this cyclic saying current in S.E.E.D.S.