Words Save Lives: How to Make Learning Relevant

While our words, and how we use them, can literally save someone’s life by reminding them that they are loved and an important part of our lives, this is not the focus of this blog.  Today’s blog is about…

When we use our words to create relevance, positive byproducts arise in many areas of our life

I have done this countless times in two ways. I have successfully used the power of words (and inflection) to:

  • Create relevance in the lives of others

  • Create relevance in my own life

When we feel relevant, we believe our actions have the chance to in some way impact our own journey in life and the life of our community.

How do we use words to do this?

It’s simple, but not easy because as human beings, it is easy to make assumptions about just about everything, thus we quite often bump into the assumptions of others and depending on any number of variables, these exchanges can either help us or hurt us, or at least create this illusion.

Here is how I’ve used words to create relevance for myself and others:

Questions: The use of open ended questions which create a positive, non-judgmental invitation to think, and at some point, respond. Questions that are not as elevated, seek quick responses. The kinds of questions I’m referring to leave room for the next step, which is exploration. The kinds of questions I’m referring to span the spectrum. Since this blog is focused on how we engage younger learners, here are some examples of questions which can lead to exploration, which then have a good chance of impacting relevance.

  • Why is that your opinion?

  • What kinds of experiences have led you to thinking like that?

  • Why do we learn?

  • What are your favorite kinds of learning experiences, and why?

Exploration: The use of open ended and interesting questions is how I have crafted a strong bond on many levels with both of my children, my life long partner Marie, and many of my friends and colleagues. Here is a natural sequence of events I have noticed that takes place when these kinds of questions are asked of someone.

  • Curiosity is ignited

  • Thought begins

  • A mental adventure is engaged

  • Exploration continues

  • Self-Determination is experienced

When we are asked questions which require thought and we recognize that someone else sincerely wants to hear our take on something, the feeling of relevance is experienced.

Feeling relevant creates a different mindset than                 feeling irrelevant.

When we feel relevant, we tend to feel:

  • Happy

  • Empowered

  • Confident

  • Worthy

Give thought to the questions you ask.

Give thought to whether you allow enough time and an environment for exploration

I just thought to myself… this is one of the most enjoyable blogs I’ve ever written. Hope you enjoy it to.