Any fool can know.
The point is to understand.
Understanding naturally flows from resting 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.
Skillful Thinking Naturally Flows
from resting 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
A.E. Mander- describing the relationship between skill and practice to thinkingClearer Thinking, 1936
Skillful Practice Naturally Flows
into understanding as you learn by doing, connect with others, 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.
T.Y Pang-describing the connection between understanding and wisdomOn Tai Chi Chuan, 1987,
Practice Matters- Practices
Practice Matters practices ARE NOT canned processes that cover content narrowly and superficially.
Each Practice Matters practice offers you the opportunity to intentionally let go by doing, creating and connecting with other practitioners, on critical activities that are meaningful to you. Each 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 open your connection to understanding and wisdom as it naturally comes and goes in the give and take of your practice.
You will get better from practice.
Introduction to Teaching Online
The purpose of this practice is to help you understand how to teach online.
Create an Online Course Baked with Critical Thinking
The purpose of this practice is to help you understand how to create online courses infused with critical thinking.
Create Online Discussions Baked with Critical Thinking
The purpose of this practice is to help you understand how to create online discussions infused with critical thinking.
Practice Matters- Paths
We are all different. Everyone is conditioned by the physical body inherited from their parents. We are different from the beginning. The physical condition of your body affects your mind. Your physically-conditioned mind is also conditioned by social factors. We have been programmed what we can’t do.
Practice Matters offers you three different paths to go in the direction you want to take. What’s important is to find a path that works for you and then start practicing. Choose a path that fits your needs and opens your mind to practice.
Just getting started? If you are a beginner or hesitant to begin practicing now, get your feet wet with the Lurker practice path. Be good to yourself. Take it easy.
Feeling adventurous and want to learn by doing, create, and connect with others? Choose the Self-Directed 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 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 and could be more adventurous with some guided help along the way? Choose the Self-Directed 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.
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 natural and critical, online teaching and learning practices.
Greg Walker PhD. Instructional Design for Online Learning
Creator & Facilitator of Thinking Matters!
Retired Associate Professor and Distance Education Coordinator and current Tai Chi Instructor.