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This Essay Is Entitled "The Way Of Learning". It Is An Essay About How People Learn And Uses Some Quotes From The Book "Siddhartha".

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The Way of LearningHow does a person learn to drive? To cook? To play tennis? Or anything else? The obvious answer is of course, a teacher. An instructor, who can teach you the rules of the game. However, a teacher can only help the student so far and the rest is up to the individual. A student learns from a teacher but can learn much more from his or her own experiences. For example, if a teenager who doesn't have a clue about driving and attempts to drive, then he or she will probably get into an accident. This is resulted from the lack of a teacher to teach them the policy of driving. If an instructor taught them all they needed to know about driving (with the key off), the student would be safer off when they attempt to actually drive. Nevertheless, the students will never actually understand thoroughly and get the feeling for driving until they actually do it themselves. Teachers guide us, but we can only learn through our own experiences.From my own incidences and experiences, I can truly say that going through an event teaches me all of the perspectives of that occurrence, making me understand that experience thoroughly and fully; something that teachers can not teach to us. For example, I had participated in a program over the summer called LA Bridge. It was where my partner and I had to teach to a group of incoming freshman the rudimentary elements of ninth grade. For about 4-6 weeks, the advisors who were Mr. Green and Mr. Randall, strived to educate us with everything they wanted us to know about teaching a group of kids. We would practice in front of our peers, receive or give constructive criticism and prepare for the future lessons that we were going to give. Finally, after we were able to take in all the knowledge our brains were able to handle, we had our first group of kids. After that first extremely long day, everyone found cons with our teaching and pros with what we had been preparing for. During the program, there was always some new different situation that arose. It amazed me how teaching seemed totally different from a student's perspective to a teacher's perspective. It made me give more respect and honor to my teachers this year because I would have liked the same from my own students. I learned the basics from my advisors, but I learned more from myself while going through that experience. Another incident that I have encountered was with my band at church. Because they needed a drummer, I had switched over from guitar to the drums over the summer. I had a friend as my drum tutor for about one month. By that time, I had just finished learning the very basic parts of the drumbeat. However, I felt confident enough to play with the band at church. So, I tried it with all the skills I had acquired from my drum tutor. Boy, was it a big mistake. Not only did I make a fool out of myself in front of the band, but also to the whole entire church. My beats were right, but off tempo with the rest of the band. I had never imagined...

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