Habit # 8 Apply Past Knowledge

Habit 8 is about applying past knowledge to new situations.

What is it? – Using past experiences as a source of information and help.

Sounds like – “this reminds me of….This is just like the time when I…..?”

Looks like – Explaining what is happening based on previous experiences.

Feels like – I am able to move forward with……. because I know that last time….. (making connections)

Too often, our children begin each new task as if it were being approached for the first time. Boys who are good at applying past knowledge to new situations recall how they have solved a problem previously. These children make connections and understand the relationship between the previous problem and the new one. They are able to encapsulate their experience and apply it to new learning. They can then use one event and apply it in another context. This habit builds confidence and allows boys to understand new learning

This pandemic is a reminder of the tremendous  impact humans have on the world around them, often without fully realising it. It is also a reminder of the      natural world’s ability to rebound and our ability to shift our behaviour when we absolutely must. This is a moment to take stock of the simple things and, perhaps, re-adjust our priorities moving forward.

I have never made a mistake. I’ve only learned from experience. – Thomas A. Edison

Brigitte Theunissen / Deputy Head Academics