And so we've come to the end of a long and winding class, and we now invite you to think back – and map – how you found your way here, to this conclusion.
Did you scan the images in a deliberate way? Did you read only those callouts that related to your particular area of interest? Or did you read every word, stopping to puzzle over those aspects of the text that were unclear to you?
Next layer of questions: Why did you choose to scan or skim or read the way you did? What motivated you on your path through the book? Were you trying to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible? Were you stubbornly committed to reading every word, regardless of your level of interest or the return on your attentional investment? Were you reading the book haphazardly only to be able to mention something at a training or in a meeting or when you next grab a coffee with the person who gave it to you?
Final questions: How did you learn to learn the way you do? Was it intentional or just something that you fell into and then formed a habit around? How did you learn what was good enough for you? For others? For your job?
Think Like a Teacher
We are asking these questions not because we're judging you, and not because we have a specific “best” answer in mind. We are asking in order to make you aware of your own learning preference, to make you aware that such a thing exists and can be unpacked.
Because, if you have a learning preference, if you have a preferred manner ...