Friday, January 27, 2012

Contextual Learner

Ever since I was a kid, I've always known that I'm a different kind of learner, I mean, aren't we all? We all take in stuff in our own special way and for me, it's all about contextualization. One of the earliest memories I have was when I was in the 3rd grade. Our class was watching a movie and I couldn't hear anything and neither could the other kids around me. In my mind, I'm asking myself in spanish why someone doesn't turn up the volume. I would have said it myself, but at that time I was still learning English and it wasn't until the teacher asked a student to raise the volume, that I connected the dots and learned that volumen is volume in English. Ha-zaaaa !!

Today in my art class, we were discussing Buddhist art and the teacher showed a slide of a 46ft monument in China, depicting the death of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Guantanamo. In my mind and out loud at the same time, I'm like I've seen that before. Teacher ask, 'ohh you've been there?' I answer, no. That's the a stage in street fighter 2, the fighter from Thailand, Sagat. Everyone in class gets a laugh outta of it. We move on. I still think it's pretty cool, even if others don't.