Thursday, February 05, 2009

Award-Winning Kung Fu Panda knew about Learning Styles

For those of you who don’t know the story (and it’s well worth seeing), here is the official summary from IMDB: “A CG-animated comedy about a lazy, irreverent slacker panda, Po, who must somehow become a Kung Fu Master in order to save the Valley of Peace from a villainous snow leopard, Tai Lung. ... Po ultimately becomes a Kung Fu hero by learning that if he believes in himself, he can do anything”.

That’s true enough. What they’ve left out is HOW Po learns the secrets of being the greatest warrior. Po loves food and he loves Kung Fu. His learning style is to strive for a food reward in order to master the ancient arts of martial arts, and he will stretch his skills to the limit and beyond in order to achieve. Simply put: as much as he loves Kung Fu, he is unable to learn it without the external reward.

So, the secret to learning well is two-fold:

Kung Fu Panda swept up film awards in 10 categories recently, so I’m sure its message is award-winning too!

(Do your children struggle at school? Read the solution here.)




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