Doodling for Dollars
(Wall St. Journal, April 25, 2012)
Companies are encouraging their employees to “put down their smartphones and doodle their ideas and draw diagrams to explain complicated concepts. . . .”
To facilitate this, companies are installing white boards, chalk boards and writable glass all over the workplace.
This is a perfect demonstration of Learning Barrier Five – An Imbalance of Theoretical Knowledge versus Practical Experience, or in this case, the physical drawings, doodlings, and 3-D models.
Imagine trying to learn to ride a horse simply by reading a book and not getting on a horse. Until you balance that theoretical knowledge with the practical experience of getting on a horse, you haven’t really learned to ride a horse.
The same phenomena can happen when trying to explain an idea or concept using only words. Many times people need the practical experience of a diagram, drawing or 3-D model.
The next time you’re not understanding a concept or idea, don’t feel dumb, ask for a diagram or 3-D model.
Learn about other Barriers to Learning at: www.howtolearn-howtoteach.com