"Genius is in-born, may it never be still-born."

"Oysters, irritated by grains of sand, give birth to pearls. Brains, irritated by curiosity, give birth to ideas."

"Brainpower is the bridge to the future; it is what transports you from wishful thinking to willful doing."

"Unless you keep learning & growing, the status quo has no status."

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


I am just taking the opportunity to develop my own initial as well as reflective responses to Dilip Mukerjea's forthcoming masterpiece, 'BrainChildren', which is one of his 'Learning Skills Trilogy'.

At the moment, Dilip is putting his final finishing touches to the book, which is expected to be released shortly.

Hopefully, my brainwork will serve as the beginning of a possible study guide (&/or a curriculum guide) for parents & teachers in using the book with their kids & teens &/or students.

Here's a preliminary list of my initial & reflective responses to only one particular page, i.e. page 8.

For simplicity, I call it Lesson Plan #1.


1. Read the statement again:

“No problem outside you can ever be as strong as what you have inside you! Nothing can defeat you because you are a learning champion.”

What does it really mean to you? Explain in your own words.

2. Do you feel you can rephrase the statement in (1) in much better &/or simpler terms?

Write down your restatement.

3. Is the word ‘resource’ or maybe ‘asset’ a good term to describe “what you have inside you”?

If that’s the case, what is your most important ‘resource’ or ‘asset’? Why?

4. Oftentimes, ‘No Problem’ is used as a common expression in everyday situations.

What does it mean?

5. You are probably more familiar with the term ‘sports champion’.

Can you see a connection? So, what is a learning champion? What are the personal attributes of a learning champion?

6. How do you become a learning champion? Or, how do you develop a learning champion mind-set?

7. What quickly comes to your mind when you read the phrase ‘Cat’s Wisdom’?

8. Does ‘Cat’s Wisdom’ trigger a connection to ‘Mother Nature’?

If affirmative, can you share by outlining your thoughts?

9. Read the statement again:

“Make the world your playground”.

Can you relate it in some ways to your personal experience? Explain or clarify.

10. “Think fresh. Offer views that are uniquely your own while staying open to those of others.”

Explain what it means you, with some examples from your personal experience.

11. Sometimes, the statement in (10) seems easier said than done.

What do you think?

12. ‘Think Fresh’ & ‘Think Original’:

Is there a difference, or are they the same? What about ‘Think Afresh’?

13. How about ‘Think Smart' ? Please give your personal views.

14. How about ‘Think Outside the Box’? Please give your personal views.

15. Think about the statement:

“Be independent.”

Are you an ‘independent’ person? How do you measure or qualify ‘independence’?

16. Read the statement again:

“When in trouble, just purr & look cute.”

Do you feel it will really work? What do you think? What alternatives do you have?

17. In the text, four examples of ‘Cat’s Wisdom’ had been given.

Do you know of any other good examples?

Please don’t hesitate to do some research on your own.

18. Given a choice, what other animal would you use, instead of a cat, to share its wisdom? Why?

19. Can you sum up all the key lessons you have learned from this particular page of the book?

20. What would you have done differently on this particular page of the book if you were the author?

21. How can you relate what you have learned from this text to your school work, especially from the standpoint of productivity & improvement?

Draw up an action schedule for implementing your ideas, if possible.

22. Is there any other new stuff you like to learn or know about based on what you have just learned?

Enumerate your wishes, say, in the form of a mind-map.

Frankly, it is also my intention for readers to study & then use the foregoing exercise to develop your own initial as well as reflective responses.

Give it a go! Stimulate your perspectives!

Strategically speaking, developing reflective responses when reading as I have illustrated allows one to attain a deeper understanding of a subject or a set of related subjects.

I call it 'Reading Outside the Lines'. Dilip calls it, 'Reading Beyond the Page'.

Nonetheless, it is a simplistic form & an integral part of what we both like to call a 'Learning Safari'.

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