I’ve earned a few degrees and I hope to earn a few more but for the past 8 years my education has come primarily from books, and more recently from MOOCs, that had nothing to do with my occupation or formal education. Even during my master’s degree I ended up getting additional training outside of the university that was more relevant to my career as a therapist than most of my classes were.
For almost two years I’ve been learning a lot about learning and I’ve finally found a lot of research to back up my childhood theory that school sucks (college too). Apparently we’ve know better ways to teach and learn for over a century but it’s barely been implemented into American schools. Like any scientist would, I decided to put some of them into practice on myself and in a classroom setting. (I’ve been teaching high school part-time for the past year.)
So I’m currently learning a new language and how to play guitar using a variety of software programs. I’m applying a lot of what I’ve learned about retention and memory to everything I’m learning. What I’m learning the most about is myself, how I process information, how I retain it, and how motivation is the biggest driver for me. I’m learning about things because I want to learn about them and that isn’t the case for most people. I’m really struggling with how to get people to want to learn if they didn’t want to when they arrived. It’s something I’m going to learn more about.
I hope that people who see my CV realize that I put MOOCs and audiobooks on there understand what I’m trying to say. If they get it, I want to work with them.