What Did You Learn Today?

By: Glenda G. Lofton, Ph.D.

Apr 23, 2019


When I was a child, my dad attempted to save money by spray-painting our old maroon Studebaker car a bright red.  As I recall, the garage turned out redder than the car, and the car with its varying shades of red and maroon fit in well with the psychedelic images of the ‘50’s.  After a somewhat heated discussion concerning the appearance of our only vehicle, my mom and dad concluded, “Live and learn.”  (Later, we even decided that the paint job on the car looked rather nice when viewed from the top of the state capitol.)

While the expression “live and learn” has frequently been associated with negative situations in our lives, I have come to understand after many years of studying the teaching/learning process that living is learning .  The brain’s structure and capacity to learn is modified and adapted by interactions with the environment and other people.  It has been determined that we learn 10% of what we read; 20% of what we hear; 30% of what we see; 50% of what we see and hear; 70% of what we discuss with others; 80% of what we experience personally; and 95% of what we teach others.  The most meaningful learning occurs when knowledge and skills are embedded in real life activities such as those encountered daily at home or in the workplace.  We learn best from hands-on experience, dialogue, and expressing ideas orally and in writing.  Particularly noteworthy is an underlying principle of Lofton Staffing Services, that we actually help ourselves when we help others to learn.  

Because learning involves conscious and unconscious processes, learning is enhanced if we take time to reflect and think about what we learn and how we learn.  This was made very real to me by a former employee who would call me at the end of each workday and ask, “What did you learn today?”  To assist you in maximizing your learning, please reflect on the following questions:  

  • What did I learn today?
  • Am I having fun and getting better?
  • Do I keep abreast of new knowledge and skills that will make me more effective?
  • Do I think of new and better ways of getting the job done?
  • Do I share ideas and collaborate with others?
  • Do I seek feedback from others?
  • Do I learn from my mistakes?
  • Do my coworkers view me as someone to whom they can go for help or suggestions?
  • Do I compliment others on what they do well?
  • Are my coworkers and I growing stronger together? 

About Lofton: Founded in 1979, Lofton Services offers clients the best of all worlds. We provide the responsive, personal service and flexibility of a small local firm while having the technology, resources, and infrastructure to deliver the benefits of the biggest players in our industry. Lofton Staffing can deliver the right people, with the right skills, right when you need them. Celebrating 40 years in staffing excellence! Contact us today


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