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Geekend: Want To Be Smarter? Draw, Sing, Teach
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SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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8/29/2014 | 7:36:02 AM
Re: You teach better what you need to learn
I don't doubt that some activities are better suited for specific skills but I tend to see trends or fads driving people more than consideration of the skills they need day to day.  One thing that I've found very odd though is the number of tech guys who are heavily involved in lifting heavy things. It would seem that the process of strength training is something that tech guys can get into easily.
Susan_Nunziata
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8/28/2014 | 7:52:56 PM
Re: No stranger
@Dave: In my experience, both are true. In fact, in all of your examples, what I see is the ability to get into a "flow" state that allows you to concentrate and absorb or impart information regardless of what is happening around you.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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8/28/2014 | 6:18:55 PM
Re: One room schoolhouse approach
@kstaron- Interesting. I don't know if there are one room school houses anymore, but my daughter is a multi-age classroom. She's now the oldest in the room and we're looking forward to her solidifying her skills by teaching the little ones. It is goign to be a very interesting year.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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8/28/2014 | 6:15:55 PM
Re: You teach better what you need to learn
@tzubair- You are right about exercise as a motivator. At first, i hated going to the gym. Now, it is my favorite thing to do. I get cranky when I don't get to go. That hour or so of really paying attention to your body and not your mind is quite invigorating.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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8/28/2014 | 6:13:59 PM
Re: You teach better what you need to learn
@SaneIT- Agreed to an extent. I think certian activities are better than others for certain skills you want to cultivate. But yes, something is always better than nothing. And activity is always cultivating something in the brain.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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8/28/2014 | 6:06:48 PM
Re: No stranger
@waqasaltaf- Learn a musical instrument. In two years you'll be able to handle the noise. :) Report back here on what you play and how it worked. :)
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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8/28/2014 | 5:56:42 PM
Re: Artist learning
@nasimon- Both of my kids like to draw like crazy. So i never had to foster that. The youngest loves to build with legos so I think he's got creativity down. The older one is taking music now and is loving it. I think mainly you just stick kids in front of stuff and they'll roll with it.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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8/28/2014 | 5:55:10 PM
Re: No stranger
@sachinEE- It actually isn't that music in the background helps you concentrate. It is that music knowledge helps you concentrate while there is a distracting noise in the background. 

The other might also be true, but that wasn't what was tested. Personally, I work better in quiet. But I also can't play an instrument or sing. So that might tell you something.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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8/28/2014 | 5:52:58 PM
Re: different kinds of intellegence
@jastroff- I sure think so. the more managers I meet, the more I realize the best ones have skill sets that don't look obviously directed at their jobs. They have a set of skills and viewpoints that help them see other ways of doing things.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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8/28/2014 | 5:51:38 PM
Re: different kinds of intellegence
@PedroGonzales- True. Basically, I don't think they measure intelligence at all, but just achievement. They are really a set of learning skills that allow for better learning. But we tend to shorthand that in society as "smart." I'm not actually as smart as most of my friends. But i'm a better learner than a lot of them, so some think I am. I just learned a skillset. I think the key to all of this is to help you find a set of skills that help you use your intelligence best.
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