A teacher, mentor, colleague must show a vulnerability, a humility to their student, pupil or learner. We have been taught that to be rational we had to suppress our “primitive demons,” the EMOTIONS.
Cognitive scientists have shown that EMOTION is not the opposite of reason; it is essential to reason. EMOTIONS assign value to things. If you don’t know what you desire, you can not make good decisions. EMOTIONS tell you what to pay attention to, care about and remember. It is hard to work through difficulty if your EMOTIONS are not engaged. Information is plentiful, but motivation is scarce.
Teachers, mentors, colleagues teach their CONTAGIOUS PASSION for the subject. YOU WILL LEARN FROM THOSE YOU RESPECT AND TREASURE. Our EMOTIONS affect us in our gut. The social brain penetrates every learning process. A study was done where a lesson was performed with a teacher with eye to eye contact and another group taking the same lesson via video. The eye to eye group learned much more at an amazing clip.
Negative EMOTIONS, such as fear, can have a devastating effect on a learner’s ability to absorb mentally. Here is where the relationship is important. The student, pupil, or learner’s brain will synchronize with the mentor’s brain activity. Social and EMOTIONAL learning is becoming more prevalent today. Before a new learning session starts, the mentors and students should get to KNOW each other first.
TO LEARN IS TO TREASURE EACH OTHER AND THE SUBJECT. EVERY PERSON INVOLVED SHOULD LEAVE THEIR “FOOTPRINT” IN THE HEARTS AND SOULS OF EACH OTHER. THE LESSON WILL NEVER FADE, NEITHER WILL THE “FOOTPRINT.”
Ron Winnegrad has been a Perfumer and teacher for 46 years. As a perfumer, Ron has been able to express the world he sees through a rainbow of olfactive and emotive visions. As a teacher, Ron has helped others to see fragrance through his own multi sensorial lens.