Installment #12: What My Toddler Has Taught Me About Adult Learning

POP QUIZ! What is the shortest word in the English language that contains all of these letters: abcdef?

ANSWER? Feedback!

And you know what? Sometimes we just don’t want to hear it!

"I can't hear you mama."

Sometimes it’s just really hard to receive! (Sometimes, when we are 2.6 years old, it makes us have a temper tantrum!)

Mac reminds me constantly that feedback from others is essential to his learning. Otherwise, how would he know not to touch the hot barbeque? Or why it’s important to be gentle when petting the dog? Or why it’s dangerous to ride his “bik-e-sol” down the steep driveway? Experience? Yeah – and we all know where direct experience gets him!

I once had a mentor tell me that feedback is a gift. And as Michael J. Gelb says, “There is no such thing as failure, only feedback.” With these ideas in mind, we can more easily be learners when we receive feedback.

Tell us: What is the hardest feedback you’ve ever received that you ended up doing something great with?

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5 thoughts on “Installment #12: What My Toddler Has Taught Me About Adult Learning

  1. From an experienced teacher I admired, at a substitute teaching assignment: “You are talking too fast, and too loudly. You need to get out of yourself and into those kids.”

    I nearly collapsed on the sidewalk. Sword straight through the heart – and she was right. Her aim was true. I was thinking about myself and not the young learners in the room. I took her advice immediately and have been using it for 20 years.

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