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Habit # 10 – Gathering Data through All Senses

The brain is the ultimate reductionist. It reduces the world to its elementary parts: photons of light, molecules of smell, sound waves, vibrations of touch–which send electrochemical signals to individual brain cells that store information about lines, movements, colors, smells and other sensory inputs.

Intelligent people know that all information gets into the brain through the sensory pathways: gustatory, olfactory, tactile, kinesthetic, auditory, visual.

Most linguistic, cultural, and physical learning is derived from the environment by observing or taking in through the senses. To know a wine it must be drunk; to know a role it must be acted; to know a game it must be played; to know a dance it must be moved; to know a goal it must be envisioned. Those whose sensory pathways are open, alert, and acute absorb more information from the environment than those whose pathways are withered, immune, and oblivious to sensory stimuli.

Furthermore, we are learning more about the impact of arts and music on improved mental functioning. Forming mental images is important in mathematics and engineering; listening to classical music seems to improve spatial reasoning.

Social scientists solve problems through scenarios and role-playing; scientists build models; engineers use cad-cam; mechanics learn through hands-on experimentation; artists experiment with colors and textures. Musicians experiment by producing combinations of instrumental and vocal music.

Some students, however, go through school and life oblivious to the textures, rhythms, patterns sounds and colors around them. Sometimes children are afraid to touch, get their hands “dirty” or feel some object might be “slimy” or “icky”. They operate within a narrow range of sensory problem solving strategies wanting only to “describe it but not illustrate or act it”, or “listen but not participate”.

Questions: How do you gather data? Are you afraid to “play the game”, or to “taste the food”? How can you make sure to get the most out life, and make sure you collect all the details? Have you ever thought about how a toddler, or a baby learns new things? How can you, as an adolescent, make sure you keep learning at the same pace? Do you have to force yourself to “learn”? How can you make learning fun? Neat? Tactile? Sweet? Warm and fuzzy?

14 replies on “Habit # 10 – Gathering Data through All Senses”

I gather data by actually doing. I’ve alwasy learned best with hands on activities where i can do it myself, rather then being told about it. Im not afraid tp “play the game” or “taste the food”. Thats half the fun. And you never know until you try something! To get the most out of life you have to stop worrying and just fall head first into everything and take it all in. To collect all the details you have to absorb everything around you. Give it your all but also have something that your looking for. Actually I have wondered about how a baby learns. Like how do they know what things to remember and and how do they put things together. Where do all of their memories go? To learn at the same pace you have to stay determined and not get lazy. Set a goal and keep with it constantly. Your body and mind are always learing, but sometimes you have to force yourself to truly concentrate and comprehend certain things. If you hear something, you automatically remember it, at least for a little bit, and then you’ve learned something. You have to force yourself to let it sink in so you can remember it permantely. I think learning is fun when i can relate it to something in my life or something I enjoy doing. To make it neat, and sweet, and warm and fuzzy, you have to be creative. Dont just look at it as black and white. Or words on a paper. I remember things and learn things when they’re taught in a unique way or we do something weird with it. Its something easy to go back and be like “oh yeaaaa, for this we did…”. Just whatever works for you!

I for sure gather data with my senses. I am a visual learner so seeing how something works in clear pictures help me a lot! But I’m also the kind of learner that can be told something once, completely underdstand it and reproduce it (really dosen’t work well with school facts, more like learning a cheerleading technique or dance move.) But those things come very natural to me in the learning perspective.

I’m definitely not afraid of “playing the game” or “tasting the food” I love to try new things in life! I think you can get the most out of life by trying new things in the fullest. Not to bail out on a detail of the activity. If your going to rock climb, go and do it on a real cliff, get involved in the game, don’t just sit on the side lines and watch.

In the past 4 years I have watched my godsister grow from a baby to a toddler to a child, and the way she learned facinated me! Her mother is greek and speaks mosly greek in the house. So now at 4 she is a bilingual child. It was really amazing how she learned 2 languages in 4 years of life! I never really knew how that happened I know she’s around it all day but its still facinating! The way babies learn so fast when they are growing up!

As an adolescent I don’t think I can become extremely fluent in another language at that pace. But I do learn things very fast. Being on a competitve cheerleading team for 7 years, going in with no experince. Now 7 years later I’m one of the most experienced athletes in the program. That has happened because I have forced myself to learn the techniques and the proper ways of doing stuff. I think any determined child “forces” themselves to learn because they want to get better in that skill. I find learning to be very fun (at times) esspecially when teachers make it fun! But as the exception some teachers make me want to rip my hair out because they don’t teach the way that helps me (or anyone) learn.

The only way to gather data is through the senses. I think that I am most receptive to visual images but I am also sensitive to the way something sounds or feels. For example, I don’t like the word moist, or the feeling of velvet.

I am a curious person and I enjoy learning new things. I don’t mind getting my hands dirty and the opportunity to try something new excites me. To get the most out of life, I make sure to slow down to experience the things that won’t happen all the time, like looking for constellations or jumping in a giant leaf pile. By slowing down and not rushing through life, I catch more details and pay attention to a wider variety of things.

I think that babies learn things by watching and listening to the things going on around them. I know that when I learned how to talk, no one had pulled out their pocket English book to teach me subject-verb agreement or a list of vocabulary. Babies learn from their surroundings.

As an adolescent, I can keep learning at the same pace by widening my range of sensory problem solving strategies and trying to collect more details. Sometimes, I do have to force myself to learn if the subject isn’t interesting to me or is presented in an un-stimulating way. I make learning fun by making my own visual images, analogies in my head, or rhymes to remember a list of facts.

I gather data by going through the motions. I try to do things so that I know all that I can poddibly learn. I am a very active person and I try to experience the most in life. I do things for myself so that I know how to do it. I don’t like being told the answer to something that I can find out easily on my own. I don’t feel that I’m afraid to “play the game” I try my best to do what is thrown my way. I like the challenge and it makes me a stonger individual. When you do things for yourself you use your senses and they help you to gather all of the data around you. You won’t know everything until you do it yourself because otherwise you wouldn’t be experiencing it fully. I have never had the thought of how a baby learns the things it does, but now if I do think about it you can see how important our senses are and the people around us. When you’re young you learn from the adults around you and you use your sense to help you with the learning process. When you are youger you can focus on playing with other kids your age and that will help you to learn the same things they do. For example sharing; you would learn how to share toys by being around other kids. Some times I do have to force myself to learn because I’ll be too lazy and I won’t want to do something, but I know that it is in my best interest for me to do it. Some ways that you can make learning fun is by using fun games to remember things. By using inovative ways to learn it can be both productive and fun. It would be fun to learn how to count or convert measurements by baking a cake. You can count the eggs and learn how to measure out other ingredients while you bake.

I gather data by experimenting. I usually try doing something a few times to make sure that I am doing it correctly and fully understand the concept. I am not afraid “to play the game” or “taste the food” in order to get the concept you have to try doing different things. You have to take chances if you’re ever going to get anywhere in life so it’s crucial to try different activities even if they are out of your comfort zone! You can make the best out of life by taking risks and trying different things and collecting data along the way. Sometimes we should just take a moment to look around and take everything around us in or else we won’t truly appreciate it. By doing this, we are taking in details that we could have missed if we hadn’t taken a minute. I often do wonder how babies think and remember things. It’s all part of their learning experience and growing up. As an adolescent, I can make sure that I continue learning at a good pace by staying educated. I keep my learning pace by staying in school and actually getting learning not just attending. I often do have to force myself to learn. If I’m tired and don’t feel like doing work, I have to make myself sit up, take notes, and listen to what the teacher is saying. I can make learning fun by not making it seem like work. If I think of my schoolwork as something that I have to do than something that will help me succeed in life than it makes it easier to do! I can make it more fun by getting my friends to study for a midterm or an upcoming quiz and by playing games that help me study!

When I was little, I used to get in trouble for touching everything in the store as we were walking by. I was curious and just wanted to see what everything looked and felt like, especially if we were in a store we rarely go to like a fabric store. For many things, I am a hands on kind of person. I like to learn about things by experiencing them myself. I often have a hard time just taking someone’s word for something. If someone were to tell me the fabric in the store was soft I would wanna touch it and see for myself. This style of learning works better for me if I am physically doing something. For things like learning how to do a physics problem, I can see and listen to how to do something one or two times and I can do it with no problem.

Usually, I am not afraid of trying new things. I love adding new skills and knowlege to my repertoire. It is how I “get the most out of life” and “collect all the details”. I am also very observant and I often notice things that other people do not detect right away.

I have, actually, often though of how a baby learns things only because I am in a foreign language. It makes me jealous that a baby can so easily pick up a new language and that a 3 year old somewhere can probably speak spanish better than me, a 3 year spanish student. I am fascinated with how quickly they can pick some things up. I try to learn at the same pace by just diving in to a new thing and experiencing it. I have to let go of the fact that I know nothing about it and just soak it in. By doing this I’m not really forcing myself to learn, but forcing myself to let myself learn.

I think learning is fun when it is something you really want to learn. Like for me, I really wanted to learn how to play guitar. Everyone told me not to because it’s frustrating and it makes your fingers hurt, but nothing really bothered me and I picked it up quickly because I was more excited when I was able to do something new than I was frustrated about not being perfect right away. But if I’m not so excited about learning something, it can easily be made into something fun. I love when teachers have you do some type of game or activity that seemingly has nothing to do with the class, but then make it connect to what you’re learning. It makes it so much easier to learn because later when you have to remember something, you can just think about the outcome of the activity.

I feel I gather data audibly, visually, and kinesthetically. It all depends on what it is I’m doing. I mainly gather data audibly and visually. I don’t see myself afraid to “play the game,” or “taste the food.” I enjoy trying new things; the only way you are going to find new things that you enjoy is by trial and error. I’m not afraid to try new things; however, sometimes I don’t “play the game” because I don’t want to make a fool of myself. But I feel like the only way you are going to get the most out of life is by taking that risk. When you’re trying something new the outcome may not be what you had hoped but if you pay attention to what’s going on and what happened you can use that to grow and prepare yourself for next time. People need to pay closer attention to what they are doing.

I haven’t thought about how a toddler or baby learns new things before. But I imagine they learn through trial and error. When they do something, they learn from the result. For example, if they touch a hot pan they will get burned. However, they will learn that the pan is hot and you shouldn’t touch it. So because of that I believe toddlers and babies learn kinesthetically.

I can make sure that as an adolescent I keep learning at the same pace by pushing the boundaries and testing myself. I can try seeing things in different ways. And try a different learning style when I’m not picking up on something.

There are times when I have to force myself to learn. When I don’t enjoy the subject or don’t like the teachers teaching style I have to physically force myself to go over the material many times on my own and I still have trouble learning it. Trying to apply what you’re learning to real life helps. Trying to learn by playing games can make learning fun. However, there are some subjects that no matter how hard you try you can’t make them fun. If you absolutely hate the subject it’s really hard to see joy in anything that has to do with that subject.

I’m a visually learner, so I usually have to see an example of how to something before I do it. I not a very hands on people. When I do labs in my science classes I don’t learn much from them. I follow the directions but I never think deeper then that. This all makes sinse to me now because now that I think about it I’m the type of person who never raises their hand first because I’m afraid of failure. But this isn’t true when I in a comfortable environment with friends and family and familiar objects.
I need to learn to be comfortable in my skin, to not be afraid of judgment. Carpe Diem! I need to seize the day and take chances and risk because their always something to be learned from a new experience.
Baby’s minds are like a lint roller (sponge is way over used), everything sticks to it! They probably don’t even realize their just learned something, they just thought it would be fun to repeat what Dora says. And then a couple of days later you have your kid saying, “ ¿Hola cómo estás?” and your just like where did that come from. I’m jealous of their ability to retain so much information. What makes their learning fast is their curiosity, and open mindedness.
The only time I find myself forcing myself to learn is in a language class. Vocabulary is my worst enemy. I have trouble remembering definitions, and I’m a horrible speller. Learning is fun only when you let yourself go and have fun. Making games and puzzle and switching things up every once in awhile can help keep things fresh in your mind.

I have been taught that you must engage more than just one sense to successfully and efficiently retain information. I have found this to be true, in almost all my subjects. When it comes to history, reading the chapter, thinking about it, interpreting the diagrams, and finally paraphrasing the information into a study guide is the ultimate process by which I obtain information. I find that if I take my time and do this, I am very successful on both my AP US and AP Government tests.

I think that music has a very interesting impact on retention. When it comes to practicing physics or math problems, I find that music puts me in a better mood and motivates me to finish. On history assignments or essays, focusing on the verbiage causes music to become a distraction. Interestingly, I find that listening to authentic German music familiarizes myself with the language effectively.

When it comes to the brain’s ability to interpret the vast amounts of sensual information into colour, sound, and sight, I am very interested in the phenomenon known as synesthesia. This is a unique ability of a person to have one sense activate another. For example a person could be able to perceive sounds as colour, or associate certain letters or numbers with a specific colour. I do think that I have experienced this. I ‘see’ numbers in my mind in a very specific way, and associate time (years, months, days) in a three dimensional way. I am hopeful that I can train my mind to do this to a further extent (such as seeing sound) as time goes on, as I personally feel it it one of the greatest gifts a person can have.

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I observe by watch and listening, those are my two best used senses. Sometimes I’m a kinetic learner, but that take more study. I’m not anymore, as a little kid I hated trying new things to eat or to do. I hope I have grown out of that. I have often found myself smelling something in the air and linking it to a memory. Not just smelling a meal that I have had a hundred times, but I sometimes smell something that reminds me of a place or a time in my life. That’s how I collect and remember details. Babies and toddlers learn from experience, like when a child sees something boiling the react is not too avoid it, because they don’t know that it is hot they touch it. I learn at the pace that suits me not too fast, sometimes too slow, but I do get things done (most of the time). I do have to make myself learn, because I tend to be unfocused most of the time. Learning is also much harder that way, and always will be for me. Some things that we learn are cool and neat, like riding bikes or playing sports, they cultivate all the senses. Unfortunately we have not gone biking yet, but we will

The best way for me to gather data, is to live it. You don’t know how it feels until you experience it. I’m always ready to dive into the game and try something new. Wether it’s food or a new place, i’ll try anything once because I want to live life to the fullest and experience everything i can.
Young children learn so much everyday. They soak up all the information around them and do as they see. learning at this age, is very similar. We hear what others say but we take what we’ve already learned and make our own decisions and ideas.
Learning is fun when I can choose what, when and where i learn. In independent learning, we learn “on the job” to keep out work and materials organized. Also, we learn how to solve problems in our own in creative ways. independence is sweet in my opinion, and makes me feel warn and fuzzy because I know I can care for myself because I’ve learned how to.

I most defenitley see myself as a “game player”. I always have a strong desire to try new things, and am hardly ever frightened by something new. I gather data through my hunger for new knowledge and eperience, and find myself very open to new methods and ways of teaching.

I make sure to get the most out of life by not being afraid, and by opening myself up to others and put myself in a position to allow myself to absorb knowledge that others have to offer me. I try to collect all details by keeping my eyes open and being on my toes. I tend to think in different perspectives a lot, which opens my eyes up even more to different views on life, and seeing things another way.

I have a 2 and a half year old sister, Kate, and a 1 year old sister, Alyssa, and by watching them grow up, I understand just how intellectual and perceptive babies and toddlers are. Since they are so fresh and new to the world, what the immediatley see and learn is what they either react to, or mimick, and to have such a new fresh and welcoming outlook on life, is what really amazes me about how toddlers and babies learn. As weird as it sounds, I try to place myself in the mindset of a toddler because they are so visual and pay such close attention to detail that, that style of learning, is almost admireable, even though it may be from a toddler. To this day, I still learn so much, through just simple interaction with my sisters.

I feel that sometimes i don’t like a particualr subject in school, or something going on in my life, but that doesnt stop me from taking it all in, and it doesnt stop me from wanting to learn. I crave the knowledge and experience of life so much, that I see anything that I experience in my life is a building block, and a necessary step I need to take to succeed in my life. I tend to make learning fresh, fun, and new, by placing myself in someone elses shoes, or putting myself in a different position. As I mentioned before, my want to learn about all aspects of life is very very high, so I am trying to do everything I can in order to become a successful and happy young woman in this life that I lead.

There are a lot of different ways to gather data. Everyone learns differently. Some people are visual learners, while others learn better through hands on experience or audio learning.

Out of the three major ways to interrupt information I would say I fall into the visual / hands on group. I am a person who picks up on things very quickly so it is hard for me to pinpoint exactly what helps me to be that way. When I try something new I use all of my senses together the try to interrupt how to do something. Whether it is learning to ice skate or learning how to interact with customers when I started working at Best Buy I always have been a fast learner.
I also have a lot of attention to detail. I see this when I am golfing. When you setup to the ball there is a lot of things you need to make sure you do before you try to swing at the ball. The one thing that a lot of amateur golfers don’t realize is that 90% of the golf swing is setup, or pre-swing. This attention to detail may be most obvious while I am playing golf but it carries over into many other components of my life like art, schoolwork, and anything that reflects my work ethic and my creations. Because of this attention to detail I typically feel as though I have an edge and I am getting a little more out of experiences then others.
Although school isn’t the most fun thing for everyone I believe it is something that truly gets overlooked. Education in general is a great thing, I may not agree with all the classes we are forced to take in high school but I do believe there is the opportunity for learning to be fun. Learning is fun when It interests you. That is the key to getting the warm and fuzzy feeling when you are learning to do new things and that is how you are going to get the most out of your learning, when it interests you and you want to put the effort into the learning experience.

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