Fair and Logical Practice Matters

Any fool can know. The point is to understand.

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Albert Einstein

Theoretical Physicist

Understanding naturally flows when you rest in pure awareness

  • of loving kindness, and compassion, and being at peace,
  • of living a healthy and happy life, with optimal mental health,
  • and in harmony with life’s natural order.
Understanding naturally flows into silence. There is nothing more to say when you understand.

Skillful thinking naturally flows

when YOU rest in pure awareness with playful intention and practice.

It is not true that we are naturally endowed with the ability to think clearly and logically – without learning how, or without practicing. It is ridiculous to suppose that any less skill is required for thinking than for carpentering, or for playing tennis, golf, or bridge, or for playing some musical instrument.

People with untrained minds should no more expect to think clearly and logically than those people who have never learnt and never practiced can expect to find themselves good carpenters, golfers, bridge-players, or pianists.

Yet our world is full of people who apparently do suppose that thinking is entirely unskilled work; that thinking clearly and accurately is so easy and so “natural” that “anybody can think;” and that any person’s thinking is quite as reliable as any other person’s. This accounts for the fact that, as a people, we are so much less efficient in this respect than we are in our sports. For nobody assumes that any game is so easy that we are all first-class players “naturally,” without having to learn how to play or without practice

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A.E. Mander- describing the relationship between skill and practice to thinking

Clearer Thinking, 1936

Skillful practice naturally flows

into understanding as YOU learn by doing, connect with others, and rest and reflect, with pure awareness.

When we use the word “naturally,” we mean the end result in a series of logical relationships of things. Natural practice becomes experience as you intentionally let go, during your practice, in the present moment, by resting in pure awareness. Natural experience opens your connection to understanding and wisdom as it naturally comes and goes in the give and take of the river of life.

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T.Y Pang-describing the connection between understanding and wisdom

On Tai Chi Chuan, 1987,

Fair and logical sadhana practices

Practice Matters sadhana practices ARE NOT canned processes that “cover” content narrowly and superficially.

In Sanskrit, sādhanā often refers to a deeper connection to yourself through a practice. The purpose of this sadhana is to open the door to a deeper connection to your intuition, and to your authentic self.

Sadhana practices offer YOU the opportunity to intentionally let go by doing, creating and connecting with other practitioners, on critical activities that are meaningful to you. Every sadhana practice is a delicious taste of a mix of ingredients from various instructional design principles for online learning, the Paul-Elder Framework for Critical Thinking, and from T. Y. Pang’s, “On Tai Chi” practices.

You will practice how to find, evaluate, analyze, and apply information within your subject area. You will think critically by assessing your reasoning for clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logicalness, significance and fairness. You will intuitively open your connection to understanding and wisdom as it naturally comes and goes in the give and take of your practice. “Many roads lead to the path, but basically there are only two: reason and practice“, Bodhidharma.

The Promise
It is up to you to make the time for practice; the more you practice the more you will learn.

Introduction to Teaching Online

Beginner

What is the most logical and fair minded way for YOU to teach online?

The purpose of this sadhana practice is to help you to begin to understand the most logical and fair minded way, for YOU to teach online.

Create an Online Course Baked with Critical Thinking

Essential

What is the most logical way and fair minded for YOU to create an online course infused with critical thinking?

The purpose of this sadhana practice is to help you to begin to understand the most logical and fair minded way, for YOU to create an online course infused with critical thinking.

Create Online Discussions Baked with Critical Thinking

Advanced

What is the most logical way and fair minded for YOU to create online discussions infused with critical thinking?

The purpose of this sadhana practice is to help you to begin to understand the most logical and fair minded way. for YOU to create online discussions infused with critical thinking.

Fair and logical paths

We are all different from the beginning of life. YOU have been conditioned by the physical body you inherited from your parents. The physical condition of your body affects your mind. Your physically-conditioned mind is also conditioned by social factors. Your subconscious mind soaked in every experience you have had like a sponge. Now old programming interferes with new conditions you want to create, and often you feel you can’t do something. Let go and take it easy. Practice Matters is simply about letting go, relaxing, and focusing on your sadhana practice. That’s it. Let’s begin.

Practice Matters offers YOU three different paths to go in the direction you want. What’s important is to find a path that works for YOU and then begin your sadhana practice. Choose a path that fits your needs and opens your mind to practice. Let’s begin.


Lurker
Just getting started? If you are a beginner or hesitant to begin practicing now, get your feet wet with the Lurker sadhana practice path. Be good to yourself. Take it easy.

Self-Directed Sadhana Practice
Feeling adventurous and want to learn by doing, create, and connect with others? Choose the Self-Directed Sadhana Practice path, if you want to explore and figure things out The Self-Directed practice path is about exploring and doing what is meaningful to you, and creating takeaways and other evidence you will use in your profession. You will also check yourself along the way by reflecting on your practice.

Self-Directed Sadhana Practice with Guided Feedback
Looking for a deeper and broader way to learn by doing, create, and connect with others? Or, feeling lost and confused but could be more adventurous with some guided help along the way? Choose the Self-Directed Sadhana Practice with Guided Feedback path for a personal guide to help you in your practice.

True education should wake up the Innate Humanity inside of you. When you reach a higher level of practice and understanding, you learn to harmonize yourself inside, then you become able to harmonize with other people, and with outside situations, T.Y. Pang.

Lurker
7 weeks of practice
Free
  • Open content
    Open practice activities
    Open practice community
    Weekly check yourself emails
     
Self-Directed Practice
7 weeks of practice
$
199
  • Open content
    Open practice activities
    Open practice community
    Weekly random facilitation
    Weekly check yourself emails
    Weekly self-reflections
    Unit Badges
    Finisher Badge
    Certificate of Completion

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Self-Directed Practice with Guided Feedback
7 weeks of practice
$
499
/Limit 10
  • Open content
    Open practice activities
    Open practice community
    Weekly guided facilitation
    Weekly check yourself emails
    Weekly self-reflections
    Weekly guided feedback
    Unit Badges
    Finisher Badge
    Certificate of Completion
    Personalized plan
    Letter of Completion

Introduction to Teaching Online
Begins October

What is the most logical and fair minded way for YOU to teach online?

Practice Matters combines instructional design for online learning, the Paul-Elder Framework for Critical Thinking, and T. Y. Pang’s On Tai Chi Chuan practices, to create fair and logical practices for teaching and learning online.

Greg Walker PhD. Instructional Design for Online Learning

Creator & Facilitator of Practice Matters
Retired Associate Professor and Distance Education Coordinator. Current Tai Chi Instructor.