The classroom at school wasn’t always my favourite place to be. I love learning new information, always have and I think I always will. Taking learning through to my adult life and my blog, I am always learning something new to be able to tweak or change my blog to hopefully improve it in some way. Back in the classroom however, the pressure was always on to put your hand up to answer the question quickly, or having the whole class stare at you as you struggle to answer the question. It wasn’t fun. Most of the time I actually knew the answers, yet my mind would go blank with panic.
My adult life took the direction of starting a family rather than pursuing a career, however that hasn’t stopped me pursuing my passions and learning so much along the way. I quickly learnt that once I had worked out not to panic and take a breath when information was given to me, then I would retain so much more. As soon as I started training within my job after leaving school, it was almost as if the light bulb came on for me. Being trained in a different way without the blackboard in front of me was working.
GP Strategies are one such organisation providing learning and development solutions in the workplace to improve performance. I have been in the same job for almost sixteen years now, and I think part of the reason I have stayed is because there have always been opportunities to be involved with new technologies and ideas as they have been introduced. My roles within my job have changed over the years, but I have become the knowledge if you like for all things around the workplace. Finding the correct way to pass on knowledge to people is key to their success. We all learn in different ways and I think once this is understood a little better then we will all improve.
I am lucky that Miss A enjoys classroom learning and she retains information that is given to her. She is also adaptable to learning via other methods. For example when we visited Montacute House, we thought she would be bored with all the history, but by being given a quiz and making the learning interactive, she enjoyed learning about the Tudor era and has retained the information happily.
How do you learn?
Disclosure – this is a collaborative post