1. Clint
    July 24, 2014 @ 6:11 pm

    I shouldn’t have read this so close to lunch. Now I want a smoked meat sandwich!

    I love this type of post that draws parallels between our own personal experiences and learning in a wider context. I had a similar one about repairing my bike that ended up becoming a reflective moment about the process of learning (http://clintlalonde.net/2012/11/19/what-my-bike-is-teaching-me-about-learning/ Long story short – learning is hard, frustrating, and you will make mistakes-that is how you learn).

    The other bit that I might add to the experience is that you have to “do”. The only way you really learn what makes good smoked meat is to try over and over and over again making good smoked meat. It’s not something that you simply read up on, watch a few videos and voila! the magic happens the first time out. This is something I am working on with my kids as I watch them struggle with what comes so easy to the people they see on YouTube instructional videos. What they don’t see is the hours of work and failed efforts that goes into learning how to do something really well.


    • Colin
      July 24, 2014 @ 6:23 pm

      Thanks for dropping in, Clint!
      I completely agree with your comment about the ‘hard work’ of learning. Too often, it is both ignored by learners who think they can cram the information that they need to pass a test and it is misunderstood by educators who think that ‘lots of work’ is the same thing as ‘hard work’ or that if we could just make learning easier, then learners would learn more.


  2. Laurel-Anne
    July 24, 2014 @ 9:10 pm

    Somehow a discussion of smoked meat seems incomplete without a mention of the importance of salt. Without salt, the final product is going to be dry and the flavour flat. However, too much can be disastrous.
    Perhaps mistakes in learning could be likened to salt in meat. Without making mistakes it would be hard to say you’ve really learned much, but too many mistakes can be incredibly disheartening for some learners.


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