Scenario-Based Learning

In Character Education, Learning & Mindset by Trent Rhodes3 Comments

To know a definition, how a thing works in a static state is one knowledge: “Self-care is XYZ.”

Applied to a real-world situation is another: “If self-care is necessary for my health, then when faced with something that challenges me to ignore it, I do XYZ to maintain it.”

People generally have more of a challenge with the application, ie – make a fantastic platitude practical (we also call it “grounding” or, “What does that look like in real life?”).

Scenario As Solution

One method to improve practicality is scenario-based learning. I cover this quite extensively in my book SAGE Mind, available on Amazon. The premise is we can learn directly from our life experiences. With increased awareness of this, each experience is taken as a class, with lessons, questions and required graduations before moving on to more advanced experiences. The speed with which we “graduate” depends on many factors, one being this ability to recognize patterns (see the lessons) and express differently so we manifest a new outcome (apply the lesson).

This perceptual learning style puts a mind into unfamiliar examples with the question being, “How does this apply in this situation?”

Thinking in scenarios, parallels and examples raises both intellect and intuition for faster, more accurate pattern recognition.

From this capacity comes a sexy suite of mind skills: efficient conclusions, creative ideas, emotion management, foresight, insight, enhanced conversation skills among others. These skills are indispensable in professional life. Children and adults alike can benefit from scenario-based learning.

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