You dudes are making me look crazy(er).
Well, I mean, it’s not that you’re doing it intentionally or, really, doing anything at all. I mean, you‘re not doing it. And, I don’t think I’m crazy and that’s pretty much a guarantee that you’re not crazy, yeah? But I stand by that lede.
Because, really, you dudes are making me look crazy.
It’s because I talk to myself too much. That’s not the problem. I mean, there’s tons of dudes and dudettes walking the streets of our fair planet talking to the air, gesturing like there’s someone there. We all know they’re wearing a bluetooth headset and actually talking on their phone. They’re not crazy.
No, my problem comes in that I’m clearly not wearing a headset when I’m arguing with myself or sketching out the pros and cons of something.
It’s you dudes, all right? I learned it from writing for you!
What? I can’t quote an obscure drug-paranoia public service ad every once in a while?
Seriously, though, I’m more of a verbal or kinesthetic learner. What that means is that if I have an idea and want to remember it, other than by writing it down somewhere I won’t lose the note, I have a better chance of remembering it if I hear it out loud and if I perform some sort of movement while I’m saying what I want to remember. For me, the best way I know to remember something is to mumble it to myself while I’m writing it down.
Learning styles are a hotly debated subject in the field of education. One of the cornerstones of education plans for students with learning disabilities, styles also are opposed by more traditional-minded educators.
Having had some experience with education on both sides of the desk, I’ve got to say that I do think there is something to this learning style jazz. I know I’m better at remembering stuff some ways and worse at others. I’ve seen the same thing happen with my young dudes. Tell them something and it’s like it never happened. Have them repeat it back, or read it on a note and it’s as good as done.
Different actions help to trigger the reactions in your brain that are associated with the formation and recall of memories.
All of which has absolutely nothing to do with seeming crazy for talking too much, but I did want to remember how I was going to get into this subject. Which I have.
Now I suggest you parents, especially the parents of a not-yet-in-kindergarten young dude or dudette and younger-grade kids, go out there and do a little reading on the subject of learning styles. I think what you’ll find will be a lot of help.
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