Login

The Only Way to Learn from Experience…

Seth Godin wrote in a recent blog post that

‘…the only way to learn from experience is to have different experiences.’

This same notion could be expressed in a number of different ways:

  • If you do the same thing over and over, you’ll get the same result every time; and
  • In the words of Albert Einstein, the only source of knowledge is experience.

I agree with these sentiments, but… I would strenuously add one critical dimension.

 

Reflection is Key

 

I work as an experiential educator and I frequently help people distinguish the powerful difference between ‘learning by doing’ and ‘experiential learning.’

As shared in Episode 37 of the Facilitator Tips video series, these two educational paradigms are not the same thing. An element of reflection is the key distinguishing feature.

To this end, I would add that the only way to learn from experience is to have different experiences AND to reflect between each of them. Remove the process of reflection, and all you’re left with a lot of doing, even if it is all different.

You know what they say, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. The doing is not enough. Nor is it enough to simply do a lot of different doings. The key to learning is the reflection which takes place before, during and after these different experiences.

The process of performing a series of different actions, exploring what is possible, is the essence of education and learning. This search for possibility in the context of education is also discussed in this article.

Do you agree?

What do you think?

Contributor

There are currently no comments

No Props No Problem front cover

No Props No Problem

Best-selling book featuring 150+ fun group games & activities. Scan QR codes to access digital content including videos.

Add to Cart

Buy EMOJI Cards

NEW – EMOJI Cards

Brand new deck of cards featuring emoji images to help you inspire conversations about emotions, feelings & experiences.

Add to Cart

Get 10 of our Best Ice-Breakers

Try ten of our most successful ice-breakers & group games in our all-new 28-page ebook. Ideal for all groups, 100% fun & free.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Do you have a programming question?

Looking for activity suggestions?

Want to know what others think?

 

Check out playmeo's new COMMUNITY tab.

Exclusive to playmeo members, this space is designed to help you share, learn & connect with others.