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Knitting during class: ok or not?

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On 10/22/2014 at 11:32 AM, BusyBee91 said:

Hi folks,

so I'm an auditory/kinesthetic learner, and I recently decided to start bringing my knitting to class, to see if it kept me more engaged in the lecture and off my electronics. It's pretty much a silent hobby, so I was surprised when a friend/classmate mentioned that she felt it was distracting and rude to the professor and other students. This is a class with many people on their laptops/tablets for lecture. Anyway, I grew up with a knitting mama who had hers everywhere, so I've never really seen it as inappropriate. Just curious what you all think? Would it bother you? More or less than people using electronics or eating in class?

Thanks for for the thoughts ūüôā

I am a kinesthetic learner as well.  It's very important that I take notes with a pen and paper. Much more important than reading them later. But taking notes with pen and paper is normal behavior for a classroom, even if most people are tapping a laptop instead. I also benefit greatly from chewing gum or a mint, it helps me focus. That isn't exactly normal but since I can  do it without folks noticing, it's okay.

Folks are going to notice your knitting. As a kinesthetic learner myself, I feel like taking notes is probably better than knitting for learning. You're processing more of the info. 

Even if taking notes is just about the same for you as knitting, I think the impression you are giving to other students and the professor by knitting in class is a potential detriment to you.

So take pen and paper notes in class instead. 

 

 

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15 hours ago, FolksBtrippin said:

So take pen and paper notes in class instead. 

For a lot of people, me being one of them, if I take notes, I failed.  I was so focused on taking notes that I missed most of what was being said.

Really, we're all adults.  We just need to learn to focus on ourselves and not get so caught up in what everyone else is doing.

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6 hours ago, tonyl1234 said:

For a lot of people, me being one of them, if I take notes, I failed.  I was so focused on taking notes that I missed most of what was being said.

Really, we're all adults.  We just need to learn to focus on ourselves and not get so caught up in what everyone else is doing.

You are not a kinesthetic learner then.

But yes, I agree with you. We should not get caught up in what other people are doing.

My advice is for people who are considering working on their knitting in class. It is not advisable, as it will give a bad impression to some students and professors.

If you are a kinesthetic learner, take pen and paper notes for your best outcome.

School is not just about learning the material in lecture. You can do that with a YouTube video. It's also about networking. Make a good impression. 

 

 

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