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How Do We Learn? Do We Ever Stop Learning? The Learning Process, Personal Thoughts and a Poem

Updated on September 15, 2018
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Ann is a retired teacher of literacy and EFL (English as a Foreign Language) to multi-national & dyslexic students, having a DipSpLD

The Learning Process

Who learns? We all do. Be it at school, at home, out and about, from our parents, grandparents, teachers, friends, children, grandchildren; we are all learning all the time.

Going to school is not always a pleasant experience; we can't learn if we're under stress for one reason or another. We learn when we are interested, motivated, keen, excited, moved, involved. We learn when we want to!

Always Learning!


Lottery for Best Teachers

If we're lucky we have teachers who

  • inspire,
  • explore with us,
  • allow us to ask questions and follow them up.

It's a lottery whether we have teachers like that or teachers who just dish out the facts, have no passion, aren't interested in their students and don't really want to teach! Why are they there? It doesn't do them any good and it certainly is not beneficial to the students. Unfortunately, bad teachers are notoriously difficult to get rid of.

I know that the subjects I enjoyed and was good at (still am!) were the ones where the teachers were experts, fun, established a good rapport with us, knew how to impart information and inspire learning. They had a passion for their own subjects.

Each Person is Different - All Should be Valued

It seems that now everyone should be able to go to university. It is my opinion that university is for the academics. There is nothing wrong with not having a high academic standard; some people have a flair for practicality such as carpenters and designers, some are brilliant entrepreneurs or natural instructors and teachers. People's strengths, whatever they are, should be celebrated without being compared to the so-called 'high flyers'.

I often ask a question during such discussions; 'Who will survive when there is a disaster, when the computers go down, when we need to mend, construct, survive in a hostile environment?' It will be the builders, the carpenters, the artisans, the plumbers and the like. I admire those who are clever with their hands and know how to mend a piece of machinery; they are the ones we go to when we need help.

Challenges for Teacher and Pupil

As a teacher, my years in school (both primary and secondary) have taught me that I know very little. My students present me with different challenges; I respond, sometimes with success, sometimes with failure. However, even the failures mean that I try again to overcome that challenge, to give that student another avenue to grasp the knowledge, to understand the problem, to overcome a difficulty.

Mostly, the outcome is good but not always thanks to me; often it's thanks to the perseverance of the student, sheer doggedness to make it work, to get there, to beat the difficulties. That teaches me a great deal; I learn how to approach things better or in a different way, I learn from others how to face life and I learn how plucky they are and how worthy of admiration. The teacher must be able to learn.

Lessons of Life

Life's experience is the best teacher of all. 'We live and learn' is a cliché but it's true. At least, it should be. Not everyone does it, though. There are those who don't see what's around them, don't take notice of others' abilities, feelings and needs; those who, in the end, lose out because their lives are not made all the richer for being able to learn from others.

We learn not only from our education system. If we are open to people and events around us, we learn every day.

We can learn from

  • our immediate and extended families,
  • our friends,
  • acquaintances,
  • strangers on the street who offer unexpected help or cheer,
  • reading about others' lives,
  • all sorts of information available in the media....

...the list goes on.

Look around you, today and every day and see what you can learn. Then, and this is the important part, put that learning to good use, pass it on. The butterfly effect can change the world!

A picnic in France. Learning French  & sharing our food!
A picnic in France. Learning French & sharing our food! | Source
The teachers entertain!
The teachers entertain! | Source

Teacher or Learner?

Who goes to learn?

Children to school,

Students to college,

University - cool!

Scientists, too,

must seek and find

the way things work,

inform mankind.

Who wants to learn

apart from those?

A mum, a dad,

someone who throws

all that they have

to strive to gain

knowledge, insight,

a better brain.

A teacher too

must pupils read,

know when to listen,

when to heed.

Our students

have a lot to learn

but much to offer

in return.

Your Experience

Who or what has taught you the most valuable things?

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© 2012 Ann Carr


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    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      6 years ago from SW England

      Thanks, RQ, for reading and for your comments. I just wish we had more inspired teachers and sometimes I'm appalled at stories regarding the ones who seem to have little empathy with their students. Why go into teaching if you don't want to inspire & help?

      I always appreciate your visits. Hope all's well in your neck of the woods.


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      Romeos Quill 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      A good Hub article Ann, and so true. It's difficult to forget those teachers who, through their flamboyant love of their craft, and engaging teaching methods, made it more of a joy to go to lessons with an eager mind and the knowledge that one was actually going to be learning something beneficial, feeling properly prepared for examinations, imbued with the confidence that one was going to achieve excellent grades.

      Thank you.

      Kind Regards,


    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      6 years ago from SW England

      DREAM ON, I am honoured at your response to this hub and so glad you find it useful. You sound like an enthusiastic learner of life and it seems you pack a great deal into your day. Well done! I don't think there's any danger of you not learning from everything around you, despite any difficulties. Learning is important for everyone at all ages, until the day we die! Thanks for reading and for taking the time to leave such a wonderful comment. Ann

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      DREAM ON 

      6 years ago

      I would love to post this on every pole on every corner. Then again if you don't want to learn you wouldn't listen any way. I take great pride in being a student all my life.Where so many people think out of school all done.I have always thought the opposite.I loved school and loved to think of ideas that don't connect with anything I have ever seen.In school I was a c student who tried hard but never excelled. Even though I have been out of college for twenty three years.I never stopped listening and wanting to know more.In my place of work people have a different attitude.To do as little as they can and get paid as much as they can. I can't fight the system as much as I try.So I have learned to write and explain myself the best I can through my stories and poems.Since work fills at least eight hours of my day I have lots of material to use.I pretend I am an actor in a play and we are all competing for different roles.(lol) I have to keep my wits or I will lose my mind.Your hub is a great example of learning and I will reread it a few dozen times.Each time gaining something more I didn't see before.I found out long ago what I learn depends on my mood.If I am excited when I read I will want to plunge into a new writing or a story.If I am sad I will digest new information and ponder it until another time.Then there are times that I am bouncing off the walls and creative ideas are like sparks flying from a campfire. Burning fast and bright.Everything I say or do feels so right.I am in the groove.I try to recapture that feeling as often as I can so I can stay motivated and fulfill many dreams.Thank you so much for all your comments and sharing your educational hubs.

    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      8 years ago from SW England

      Thank you for your kind comment, Sunnie Day. Glad you liked the hub. Yes, we never stop learning; I find I'm learning lots from my grandchildren at the moment - two are just turned 1 and the other is 11, giving me totally different viewpoints! I learnt lots from hubs too, thank you.

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      Sunnie Day 

      8 years ago

      This is a wonderful hub Annart and one that packs much wisdom. Thank you. I do think we can learn something everyday..sometimes we may not even know we are learning, it just is..Take care.

      Thank you,


    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      8 years ago from SW England

      Thank you Alma for your support and encouragement. That's a good quote and I quite agree with your sentiments. I'll have a look at your hub too.

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      Alma Cabase 

      8 years ago from Philippines


      Learning is a lifetime process where the diploma is our grave. I read this saying somewhere and it deeply widen my understanding about learning. We should continue to seek for more new experiences as we live.

      This hub caught my attention. Keep it up.



    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      8 years ago from SW England

      Thank you Kamalesh for your kind comments and your vote. It's taken me a long time to find out about all that and I continue to learn! I'll visit your hubs and see what I can learn there! All the best

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      8 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Brilliant hub and so true what you have written. Voted Up and Awesome. Best Wishes, Kamalesh


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