Observational Learning, week 2

We will continue our discussion of Observational Learning during our lessons this week.  Specifically, we will talk about the importance of taking the time and effort to truly observe what goes on around us.  Our in-class discussion for this week follows below:

“Sometimes the best discoveries are the result of simple observations.” — Dr. Reza Hosseini (U.N. Humanitarian Affairs Officer, Iraq)

Many of the things we know about the world around us are the result of observation.  Some of the most insightful scientists are those who are willing to pay attention to their surroundings, and ask questions about why things work the way they do.  The story of Isaac Newton and the apple tree is one of the most well-known examples.  Newton took time to observe the world around him, and when something happened that he didn’t understand, he took the time to ask questions.  So, what can you learn by observing the world around you?

Discussion Questions:

1)  What is the difference between just seeing something, and observing it?

2)  What do you do when you really want to observe something carefully?

3)  How important do you think observation is to the way you learn?

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