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					   7 ½ Habits of Highly
Successful Lifelong Learners
          Introduction

                   This self-paced tutorial
                   will introduce you to the
                   concept of lifelong
                   learning and the habits
                   that will make you
                   successful as a lifelong
                   learner.


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Charlotte & Mechlenburg County
         Objectives

         By the end of this tutorial
           you will know:

         • What learning is
         • What lifelong learning is
         • 7 ½ habits exhibited by
           lifelong learners



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    What is Learning?

Learning is defined as acquiring
  a new skill or knowledge.

For example: Learning about
  new ways to use technology
  or learning how to fish.




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                 Charlotte & Mechlenburg County
        How Do We Learn?

• Taking a Class
• Attending conferences and
  workshops
• Reading a book or magazine
• Watching a movie or pod cast
• Playing a game
• Having a mentor
• Socializing with other people


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Past learning experiences
            Think about some of your past
            learning experiences…did they
            include any of the following
            environments and/or thoughts:

                   •   School
                   •   Teacher
                   •   I’m too old
                   •   I’m too ________
                   •   Sshhhhhhhh
                   •   Stay seated
                   •   Be quiet
                   •   Or _________________


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Successful Lifelong Learners Believe
                       • Attitude is everything

                       • I will…, I can…, I do…

                       • Learner 1st

                       • It’s never too late (or too
                         soon) to learn something

                       • Learning opportunities at all
                         ages and in all contexts are
                         embraced

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            Charlotte & Mechlenburg County
Examples of Lifelong Learning
                                                                         Fishing




              Cooking            Technology

                                                                      Cooking
     Travel
                                  Sports                              Music




   Fishing                          Dancing              Playing an
                                                         instrument
Dancing
                                                              And more!
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       Habit #1
Begin with the end in mind

                         Identify your goal and determine
                         specifics. For example, if your goal is to
                         learn Spanish, do you want to learn
                         Spanish well enough for basic
                         communication or do you want to become
                         fluent enough to have in-depth
                         conversations in Spanish.
                         Your goal will determine what you need to
                         do to achieve that goal and how long it
                         might take.
                         But don’t worry, if your needs or life
                         change, you can always modify your goal.




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      Charlotte & Mechlenburg County
                             Habit 2
Accept responsibility for your own learning

    No one has as much invested in your
    learning as you. Think of your education
    (in all forms) as an investment in your
    future. Value and take pride in your
    learning and accomplishments.
    How can you do this? Sign for training or
    classes. Be an active participant in
    learning opportunities at work and during
    staff meetings. Read a “how to book,” ask
    someone who can help you learn an
    answer.




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                         Charlotte & Mechlenburg County
           Habit 3
View problems as challenges

           Do you typically think of it as another crisis that
           must be dealt with or a challenge that you can
           learn from? These life events can provide
           powerful motivation and opportunities to learn.
           Think of how much you have learned during
           your life so far as a result of the curve balls life
           has thrown at you. Maybe you learned how to
           balance a checkbook, how to change a flat tire,
           or how to jump start a car.
           The most successful life-long learners view
           every obstacle as a learning opportunity.




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       Charlotte & Mechlenburg County
                               Habit 4
      Have Confidence in yourself as a
       competent, effective learned
Everyone has to start from
somewhere. Even Tiger Woods
had to learn the basics of golf. And
I bet he missed a few shots in his
life too!
The words that you use to
describe yourself will soon become
your reality so be careful with your
choice of words.
Don’t say it or think it unless you
want it to be true or have an
impact on your life.



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                           Charlotte & Mechlenburg County
             Habit 5
Create your own learning toolbox

                Ask any hobbyist or enthusiast and you will
                hear about a variety of items needed in his or
                her supply kit.

                These are kits for scrapbooking, golfing,
                computer repair, household repair, art,
                photography, etc.

                But did you know that most lifelong learners
                have their own toolkit too? While not a toolbox
                in the traditional sense, here are some of the
                tools that are useful to lifelong learners: books,
                technology, classes, mentors, friends, web
                pages and more.

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         Charlotte & Mechlenburg County
            Habit 6
Use technology to your advantage
Technology is a tool that should be
used to make your life easier. Use
technology to help you in your
learning.

You can find tutorials on the Internet
on just about everything--from how to
tie a bow to how to build a fence to
you name it!


MP3 players let you download your
favorite music and perhaps you can
download an audio book that you
would not normally have to time to
read.
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                           Charlotte & Mechlenburg County
       Habit 7
Teach/mentor others


                         The best way to learn
                         something is to teach it to
                         someone else.
                         Not only is teaching and
                         mentoring a good way to
                         reinforce your learning, but it is
                         also a good way to give back to
                         others.




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   Charlotte & Mechlenburg County
                          Habit 7 ½
                            Play!
Don’t let the number fool you. This
one is actually one of the most
important habits.
Successful lifelong learners know the
value of play. Children spend lots of
time playing because it is important
for learning and brain development. It
continues to be important for adults
too. We just forget.
So play, be curious, and explore!




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                         Charlotte & Mechlenburg County
              Conclusion
Enjoy the journey, ask questions, be
continually engaged and involved.



                                    You are worth it!




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               Charlotte & Mechlenburg County

				
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