Intelligence, week 4

We will continue our discussion of Intelligence during our lessons together this week.  We’ll be talking about asking for help in understanding something as a way of developing our Intelligence.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“An intelligent person is never afraid or ashamed to find errors in his understanding of things.”  — Bryant H. McGill (author)

Sometimes, even after we are given instructions by one of our teachers, or by our parents, we don’t fully understand what we are being asked to do.  Instead of pretending we understand, we have to be brave enough to ask for clarification — for help in understanding them.  By being too afraid, or too proud, to admit we don’t know something, or don’t understand something, we are only hurting ourselves.  There is no shame in not understanding something, but it would be a shame to give up or pass up the opportunity to learn something new.  We should develop the habit of doing whatever it takes to learn — even if that means asking for instructions a second time.  We all learn new things in different ways, so we need to be persistent and keep trying until we thoroughly understand something new.

Discussion Questions:

1)  Have you ever had a hard time understanding something new?

2)  Have you ever needed something explained more than  once?

3)  How would you ask to have something explained a second time?

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