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Are you an effective learner?

Some of you know that I am a part of the Tango Learning team, tango teacher, Tomas Howlin’s creation of the Tango Learning program. It is a progressive program designed to help students learn and also to help those who are teaching to better instruct. Each level is a 3 day intensive that begins each day with a body knowledge session that I have guided during the Tango Learning in Portland and will be doing again in Albuquerque at the end of the month.

Recently Tomas posted on Facebook  a link to an article entitled:  4 Key Characteristics to Effective Learners. And of course I see the tie in with Tango and Tomas’ course. Here are the 4 key characteristics to being an Effective Learner: 1) they are curious 2) they are process-oriented 3) they apply what they have learned 4) and they retain.

Are you a good learner??? (is that proper English?)

I know from watching my students over the years that applying what they have learned has certainly helped them in understanding and retaining the subtleties of Argentine Tango. Practicing helps and even spending a little time each day walking or thinking about a new concept of a just learned concept will help it to translate into your body. Although the 4 Characteristics doesn’t translate directly to Learning Styles but we will address that in another blog!Take Notes note

I found early on in my modern dance days I would spend time after rehearsals writing down the sequence of movements in order to better remember them. I was never good a drawing but I had stick figures and practically my own language and abbreviations for directions and body movements. I carried this practice into my early tango days when I was taking classes with as many teachers as possible and learning to lead. I would look at those notes before going to dance and would pick something to practice from the notes. I found this practice most helpful in retaining the information in my mind and in my body.

When studying extensively with Graciela I took mountains of notes. I then retyped them onto my computer which added another dimension of retention. I don’t feel obligated to do this, I like it and it helps me revisit the material.

I look forward to your successful learning and remember that practicas are designed for that: for learning.
AND HEY – It’s Tuesday! Practica @ SNAP at 8:30pm.

 

 

 

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Early Bird Registration for ASU Tango Experience 2012 – take advantage of a great price!

Check out these Early Bird Registration Prices

On sale now through Thanksgiving!


The Arizona State University Tango Club is proud to present our second tango festival:

The ASU Tango Experience 2012

March 2-4, 2012

Early Bird Registration discounts will be offered through Thanksgiving


Register today!      

tangofest.events.asu.edu

 

Derek Somo
ASU Tango Club Festival Coordinator 2011-2012

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ASU Tango Experience 2012 – Are you ready for a different kind of festival?

I am pleased to announce that Arizona State University Argentine Tango Club is hosting a new kind of festival experience in March 2012.

For all of those who crave learning and remembering that which you learn, this event is for you!

March 2, 3, 4, 2012

On the campus of ASU in Tempe, AZ

3 world class teachers:

Graciela Gonzalez

Tomas Howlin

Jaimes Friedgen and Christa Rodriguez

Each class is followed by a guided practica with 1 of the guest teachers and local teachers.

Registration Opens SOON! and there will be a Special Sale.

 

 

 

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