The Way To Learn Is To Do



A pottery teacher split her class into two halves.


To the first half she said, "You will spend the first term studying pottery, planning, designing, and creating your perfect pot. At the end of the term, there will be a competition to see whose pot is the best".


To the other half of her class she said, "You will spend your term making lots of pots. Your grade will be based on the number of completed pots you finish. At the end of the term, you'll also have the opportunity to enter your best pot into a competition."


The first half of the class threw themselves into their research, planning, and design. Then they set about creating their one, perfect pot for the competition.


The second half of the class immediately grabbed fistfuls of clay and started churning out pots. They made big ones, small ones, simple ones, and intricate ones. Their muscles ached for weeks as they gained the strength needed to throw so many pots.


At the end of term, both halves of the class were invited to enter their most perfect pot into the competition. Once the votes were counted, all of the best pots came from the students that were tasked with quantity. The practice they gained made them significantly better potters than the planners on a quest for a single, perfect pot.


In life, the best way to learn a skill, is to do! Just saying...


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