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Thing #2 – Lifelong Learning

September 24, 2010

WHAT

For this task, we’re going to read a bit about lifelong learning and why it’s important.

Wikipedia has a good definition of lifelong learning. To paraphrase:

Lifelong learning is a voluntary and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge that occurs throughout your life. This sort of learning does not always happen in a classroom setting nor does it just happen during your childhood—it happens throughout your entire life in all sorts of situations. It can refer to learning for personal or professional reasons.

Learning happens whenever we interact with others, whether in person or online. Sometimes we learn without even knowing it.

WHY

Because it’s important to keep an open mind and be willing learn new things in your personal and professional life!

HOW

Take a look at this list created by Helene Blowers, the creator of the very first 23 Things program. It describes the 7 & ½ habits of successful learners. The habits are:

Habit 1: Begin with the end in mind
Habit 2: Accept responsibility for your own learning
Habit 3: View problems as challenges
Habit 4: Have confidence as yourself as a competent, effective learner
Habit 5: Create your own learning toolbox
Habit 6: Use technology to your advantage
Habit 7: Teach and mentor others
Habit 7 & ½: PLAY!

SHARE

Think about the 7 & ½ Habits. Which habit is the easiest for you? The hardest? Also think about what you personally want to achieve with your participation in 23 Things SCPL. What are your goals? What do you need to achieve them? You will be writing about these things in your blog (don’t worry, you’ll be setting it up soon!).

STRETCH

Watch this online video about the 7 & ½ Habits created by Helen Blowers or read this article about libraries and lifelong learning from American Libraries.

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3 Comments
  1. Habit #7 1/2 Play has to be the easiest for everyone! The hardest habit for me would be #6 Using technology to your advantage!

  2. purplegiggles permalink

    I’ve always considered myself a lifelong learner. I have been and think I always will be the “Why, why, why???” kid. As far as the 7 & 1/2 habits, I do begin with the end in mind, it’s just that sometimes the middle leads me to a different end. I think in some areas I view learning in such a serious light that I sometimes forget to play. I am going to take that to heart! I must say that I feel good about myself with habits 2-7. I’ll be working on #1 and # 7 & 1/2.

  3. Great points, guys! Make sure that you write about them in your blog too!

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