My Learning Philosophy Tristyn Elizabeth Shier

Introduction Knowing how we learn is key when expanding our future. Everyone has their own path, but we all participate in learning daily, whether we are aware of it or not. By asking questions and finding answers we develop the world around us through creativity, the economy, industry, and our personalities. One of the best ways to comprehend how we learn and who we are is to review what learning is to us, our role in learning, and the assessment of our strategies and relationships. We say there is no such thing as a dumb question, and it’s true. Every question no matter how odd gains us and answers and adds to our knowledge. A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer. –Bruce Lee. Values and ethics guide our path and throughout our lives we will never reach a dead end in our educations. My name is Tristyn and this is my learning philosophy Definition of Learning To me learning is the foundation of who we are, what we learn from our parents, peers, and the world around us defines us. How we learn and what we learn are variables that make us all individuals and through it our future is shaped. Through our life we never stop learning, from each interaction with others and our environment we learn something. Our likes and dislikes are formed from experience and what we have learned and interpreted from the world. Learning has made us the advanced species we are today, and learning has helped us understand who we were and where we came from. Genetics may have created us, but learning develops our personality, attitudes, and ethics. We all learn through our surroundings, using a basis set up by our parents and those close to us at birth. Throughout life we are influenced by the world and using that influence we each develop our own style and method to interpret what is going on and what we can do

about it. We each learn at different rates, and by watching, listening or reading what and how others have evaluated the same things. New experiences are compared and contrasted to the old. Creative or factual we all find our own niche in time. Personally my ideal learning environment is with small groups of peers or one on one with an educator. I best understand information conveyed by verbal interaction and experience versus written or read information. In the field I need to be involved in the process and able to use my own hands on experience alongside repetition to properly ingrain the task and context into my own mind. Role of the Learner As a learner our role is to listen and evaluate the information provided using a process of understanding most suited to our individual styles. We are to ask questions and assess what is being instructed, or is occurring in the world around us. Once the knowledge is shared it is then our job to keep that information and possibly improve upon it, or utilize it. I believe that I possess a great capacity for learning. I love the thrill of finding new information, and seek to always expand my own knowledge. I can be an attentive learner, and when presented with a subject I am passionate about, I can take a lot away from the subject at hand and often find myself considering the potential implications or future uses of this knowledge. With a creative and open learning style I pick up on new subjects fast and can often see the big picture before dividing it into smaller sections. However, if not motivated I can often procrastinate, and I always take things slow. I talk out my issues and ask questions for clarification which and often be seen as needing constant reassurance. When allowed to learn at my own pace and in a field of study I both have a general understanding of and a passion for I can easily be motivated to continue my education. Praise and good humor will often keep me on task and further drive me to my goals. Because of this having the right situations and team is important to me and is my largest source of motivation.

All of these characteristics will come into play over the duration of my Directed Field Study. With a passion for experiencing new environments, and broadening my horizons I feel it will be easy to settle into my role as an employee and student at any position anywhere. Learning/ Assessment Strategies Implementing the knowledge that is being taught is my best strategy for learning it. Without using the information or being presented with adequate examples I am at a disadvantage in my learning. I use this in both my academic and work place situations. While I easily understand concepts taught to me, without repletion and implementation I do not often retain much of the information gained. For example while one can read schematics and an explanation of how to install a deck, I would require the opportunity to both design a deck and the schematics for it, as well as be involved in the construction of that feature before much of the information sinks in. Also, when faced with equations, tables, or data, without personally calculating examples or gathered data I find I never fully grasp the idea. Seeing the application or being hands on involved will solidify the information. Having my work graded will proceed to further bring my learning together by demonstrating fault. I cannot however move forward without being shown then how to do it correctly, or having an adequate explanation of what I did wrong. I do not benefit from repeated trial and error so much as trial, correction and re-trial. Having to grade my own progress may pose an issue for my DFS as I do often have problems self-evaluating my work, but through learning how to do so and still being under review by teachers and my employer I feel I can still achieve my goals. Journal entries will also help me to track the progress and gain feedback along the way which will help me to carry on forward. Small goals along the way suite me far better than one large final goal, and I will make sure to implement that strictly for my DFS. Learner/ Mentor Relationship From my mentor or supervisors I expect them to have a firm grasp of the subject being introduced to me. If they are not able to demonstrate their own proper understanding of the

tasks or information at hand I find I often loose motivation for the subject. I require a teacher that can answer questions I have on the subject, or at the least are willing to find that answer. Also I expect a constructive environment, if I do something wrong I need a why or at least someone willing to listen to the reasons I have done it that way and work through how it is not suited to the subject or task. A teacher can, in return, expect me to provide them with respect and my undivided attention when participating in their studies. I will show up to and complete tasks on time and give everything my best attempt. I will take part in all aspects of my job and work to always broaden my education never tunnel visioning a task. I also expect to be treated as an adult and not a lesser figure due to my lack of knowledge. I am a kind person with and understanding personality, I am patient and can quickly establish relationships with those around me. I am never quick to judge and use a warm friendly tone to keep the mood uplifted. I keep my personal life at home and try to never carry any personal issues to the learning/work place. I try to relate to those around me and can often fit in anywhere. Conclusion Better understanding who we are and how we learn will make the everyday lessons that much easier to comprehend. Defining ourselves permits us see how we interact with our world. Our roles help to give us purpose and keep us on familiar paths, developing who we will be tomorrow and today. Strategies help us to do our best and most efficiently pick up new skills and strengths, while relationships make the environment a comfortable productive space. Reviewing these parts of our life is important, but we can never just do it once. Our ethics and values may not change that often, but with learning differences are always inevitable.