Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Life-Long Learning-Is It Real?

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Life-Long Learning-Is It Real?

Article excerpt

How do we know we are still learning? What does "life-long learnmean anyway? If are involved in the educational system you tend to become impervious to the concept of learning more about the topics you cut your teeth on- somehow thinking you already learned that.... Maybe that is what "burn out" is all about- just shutting down and not absorbing new information, preferring instead to rely on the way things have always been done.

Is there a cure for complacency? How can we motivate ourselves the way we motivate our students to view the world through fresh eyes? We know the world continually changes as do the expectations of what it means to be effective at our own work. For me, it seems as though I have a basic pattern regarding complacency or "burn-out." Roughly every seven years I begin to become less concerned over how things work. Does it really need to be completed by that abstract date? Who really cares if I just do the same thing I did last semester- it needed some tweaking, but it worked O.K.... I'm willing to bet that each of you either have already felt that way, or you will in time. So, what can you do about it?

1st Determine if YOU are burned-out.

Symptom is include:

* Feeling tired or drained all the time

* Frequent headaches, back pain or other muscle pain

* Sense of failure or doubt

* Detachment

* Loss of motivation

* Procrastination

* Isolating self from others

Of course as we are all different, we can experience some or all of these symptoms and more. The question is: Can we utilize our lifelong learning ability to improve ourselves? …

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