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I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now By Julia Smith

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How do I learn?  This is a question that I ask myself all the time.  What hinders and what helps my learning? Before I came to Blue Sky School,   I was only ever exposed to one type of learning style. That was the teacher at the front of the classroom explaining a concept and then giving us a worksheet. This worked for me.  I didn't have any trouble learning this way, but I was bored. This stunted my creativity. I never felt like I had an opportunity to take my work to the next level or challenge myself.  It was the same thing day after day.
I had always thought that this was the only way of teaching/learning.  When I came to Blue Sky I learned that there are actually many different ways of learning.  At Blue Sky we don’t call our “teachers” teachers, we call them coaches. Something that our coaches say a lot is, “Everyone learns in different ways on different days.”  I was really excited to discover what type of learner I was, and how I learned on different days on different w…

How Distractions Help Me by Kiara

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People often misunderstand me when I say how I work. They think that because I say I work well quietly, I mean completely isolated. That, however, couldn't be farther from the truth. I’m an ambivert, so I fall somewhere in the middle of the introvert/extrovert spectrum.

At the beginning of this exploration (A seven week period each focusing on a different topic) on cognition, we were instructed to take the 16 Personalities Test and write a conclusion about whether we thought the results were true or not. I got Campaigner- ENFP-T. After doing some research on my result, I found out that Campaigners have extroverted thought and intuition, but introverted feeling and sensing. This puts me in the middle of the spectrum.

I often say that I work best quietly, but that does not mean in a quiet environment. I actually like working in busier places, places where I get lost in the noise and crowd. My ideal learning and working environment is also heavily impacted when I’m far away from …

My Brain is Like a Control Centre by Tim

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How does my brain work? My brain is like a business building or like a university or like a control centre so there's a bunch of rooms and they all control different parts of my body and my brain. For example, there is movement, memories, my internal thoughts, how I act, etc and in all those rooms instead of people in a university, it's all my emotions and personalities. For example, there is focus, stress and fear, creativity, etc.

All of the emotions/personalities have jobs to do within a day and sometimes they are called to go off schedule because as I've learned, not everything goes according to plan. For example, if my teacher says, “Hey Tim, you have new assignment,” so then the schedule changes.

In the memory section of my brain, there is one room called reminders. This is where all the ideas that I have go when I forget them. Some memories or ideas will temporarily leave but they always come back. I like to think of my memories or ideas as balloons because just l…

How a Rubik's Cube Taught Me How I Learn Best by Jay

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Two weeks ago, I was in the midst of my daily YouTube rabbit hole, watching video after video, until I discovered a man by the name of Feliks Zemdegs. He solved the famous Rubik’s Cube in a mere four seconds. The exact time being 4.22 seconds.

My mind was blown.

Feeling inspired, I immediately ran to my mom’s room and convinced her to buy me a Rubik’s Cube. She was not impressed. However, because her love for me is so strong, she agreed to pick one up, thinking this may be just another one of my phases that do not last more than a couple of days. I wanted to prove her wrong.

However, I forgot one small detail. Solving a Rubik’s Cube with no experience is hard. Very, very hard.
The first step in the beginner method was solving the white side, specifically, the cross. This alone took me thirty minutes.
At this point, I was feeling hopeless. So I took to the internet. The hardest part surprisingly wasn’t solving the cube but was finding a tutorial that explained it in a way my brain could und…

What is Learning? by Emma-Lee

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What is learning?

That’s a hard question to answer. Learning is a lot of different things, to a lot of different people. Some
say learning is knowledge that is acquired through experience, or it’s memorizing something, or maybe
it’s just changing and growing. There’s not really a right or wrong answer, just opinions. There are
scientific opinions and there are philosophical opinions.

To me, there are different kinds of learning. Like, babies learning how to breathe. That’s not something
you’re taught, or something you can figure out based on memory. So what is that then?

To me, that’s natural learning. It’s instinctual.

Then there’s things like learning to walk.

Picture this, a little kid tries to walk and falls. The child does this over and over. But then, they figure out
that they can lean on a table or something to stay up. To me, things like that is learning from experience.  
One strong example I can think of learning is when I learned to ride a bicycle. I learned to ride a
bicycle…

What the Heck is Learning Anyways? by William

What the heck is learning anyways? Well, that is a hard question to answer with no one clear answer but
I’ll take a stab at it. I think that learning means something different to everyone. I believe the reason
behind this is that everyone has had different experiences with learning and being taught different skills,
so I think these are contributors to people’s interpretations of learning. I also know that people learn in different ways on different days. I know learning is this way because of several reasons.
The first reason I know this is because of my experiences with learning. My experiences with learning prove this because when I’m in school, specifically science and math classes the teacher would be explaining something to us and I would be fine with just hearing the concepts to understand them but other days I would need a visual representation and/or a real world example to fully understand something.
The second reason is that Blue Sky they tries to cover all the bases for lear…

Kindness and Empathy are of the Essence of Building Strong Relationships by Grace

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We have all had experiences where working with others did not go so well and we could not understand someone else’s point of view. I get it, it would be much easier working with someone who is similar to you and you would just agree with everything, but the truth is, the beautiful thing about working in a group is having the end product not just being one idea, but all ideas. A force bigger than one is powerful, no matter what the end product looks like. In my opinion, it is worth it if in the end your group feels proud of what you have accomplished together. This does not deny that it is still hard working with others who are different from you, it just proves that working with someone who is different is essential. I have learned this through my learning journey at my school, Blue Sky. There, we were taught for one whole week on how to work with someone who is different from you. In this blog, I will be answering this question through my experiences in this learning journey. If i…