Ceremony program - Am I a Master Learner? - TESC 2008-09
  My own instructions:
  - for each YES item I should write an example from my own experience in this program or in my own life.
  - it is perfectly alright to mark under ??? or Not yet.
  - if I mark under Not yet, I could offer a comment if appropriate.
  - I can download this page from this site
How much of a Master Learner am I?  by   ________________________________________     ???  Not 
I am curious about everything. By posing questions I generate interest even in mundane things. 
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Able to Focus Attention
The world, to a child, is new. I can focus attention, making the world always new. 
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Willing to Change
I welcome the unknown and am open to changes in my environment and changes in myself. 
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Able to Organize and Sort
I play with information, organizing pieces of data to discover relationships. 
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Mastery of basic skills is important to me, and I practice until I know them cold. 
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I smile at nothing in particular other than amazement at the world and my experience of it. 
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Able to Suspend Judgment
I have opinions and positions, but am able to let go of them when appropriate. I don't let judgment get in the way of learning. Instead of saying "Prove it to me and then I'll believe it," I ask, "What if this were true?" and explore the possibilities. 
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I have a spring in my step, am enthusiastic in class, and play with the same intensity. 
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I value my body and treat it with respect, and I tend to my emotional and spiritual health, as well. 
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I regularly examine my life and evaluate myself and my behavior. 
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I know the difference between responsibility and blame. Rather than blame faculty  for not giving us results, I work the problem even after class. 
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Willing to Risk
I take on projects without guarantee of success, difficult topics in QR readings, the risks of offering my own explanation. 
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Willing to Participate
I am not happy as an observer; I want to be in the game. Others in my group can count on me. I make a commitment to keep working on a problem and follow through bringing my findings to our next meeting. 
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I am interested in everything, have a broad body of knowledge and can find value in nearly everything. 
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Willing to Accept Paradox
For me, something that seems contradictory or absurd may have meaning. 
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I admit my fear and choose to experience it fully. For me, presentations are opportunities to explore feelings of anxiety and tension. 
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Rewards or punishments offered by others do not motivate me. My motivation to learn comes from within myself. 
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I respond to the moment in fresh and surprising ways. 
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Relaxed About Evaluations
I recognize that evaluations are important, but they're not the only reason I study. I do not measure my worth as a human by some instructor's one-page dictum. 
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I have learned to trust my feelings, and work to develop that sense. 
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I can gather pieces of knowledge from a wide range of subjects and put them together in a new way. This is true in every aspect of my life. 
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Willing to be Uncomfortable
When discomfort is necessary to reach a goal, I am willing to endure it and to look at unpleasant things with detachment. 
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I accept myself, the people around me and the challenges that life offers. 
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Willing to Laugh
My sense of humor includes the ability to laugh at myself. 
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Humans begin life with an appetite for knowledge. I tap into that hunger with the desire to learn for the sake of learning. 
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Willing to Work
Inspiration is followed by sweat. Genius and creativity are mostly the result of persistence and work. I work with the intensity and focus of a child at play. 
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Adapted by Raul Nakasone from Definiton of a Master Student Handout by Bill Ransom Bill's Definition of a Master Student (With more than a nod to: Ellis, David. Becoming a Master Student. NY: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1997)
TESC Nov.2002                                                                                           RETURN