Thursday, May 1, 2014
Today we talked about differences in people. Different people will creative a different environment. Everyone responds to certain situations differently. Mr. Sweeny challenged us to create the type of learning environment that we want. A little later in class, he put on a video. It was a bunch of guys passing balls around. We had to focus the best we could and try to count how many passes were made. I got the answer right the first time. Many of my classmates didn’t catch all the passes at first but once the video was played again they saw them all.
I have learned that there are two types of learning. You have verbal learning which is like debate or listening and giving feedback. If you don’t understand, ask. Then you have nonverbal learning which includes eye contact, visuals, and silent acknowledgements. If a person is telling you something and you nod your head in a "yes" motion, that lets them know you understand what they are talking about.
Nowadays, there are a lot of problems in this world. Some we can control, some we cannot. But one thing that can solve a lot of problems is communication. Us as people do not communicate well and it can cause confusion. If we have a problem, let it be known. That does not mean speak out disrespectfully. You have to know what to say, when to say it, and how to say it. There is a time and place for everything. Learn how to talk to people. Communication is a big part of being successful in life! You will have to be able to talk to people basically anywhere you go. Communication is key.
I enjoyed today’s class period. We talked about Logical errors versus facts & opinions. Don’t just speak out without any reasoning or thought behind what you are saying. If you say something ignorant or absurd, a lot of times you will find yourself regretting what you said. A great example of just talking out without good logic is Allen Iverson’s "practice" speech. He hurt himself in the long run because he made it known that he thought very little of practice and that it wasn’t important to him. Always think before you speak!