What’s making that noise? Learning in a heartbeat

I was teaching a Workshops that Work workshop a while back, where I was training subject matter experts how to teach. It’s one of my favourite workshops because you just never know what kind of subject matter experts are going to show up and I always end up learning a little about a wide variety of subject matter.

Each time I teach the workshop I encourage participants to get up and practice teaching for 5-10 minutes. This workshop was no exception.

One guy, who I’ll call Michael, got up to teach. He was a nurse and he taught us several things that nurses do to quickly assess the health of a patient. It was interesting.

What was even more interesting was when he started talking about our hearts. Specifically about how the heart pumps blood throughout our body. Now everybody knows that our hearts are designed to pump blood, nothing new there.

But do you know what is making the sound of your heart beat? What exactly is making that noise? I’d never thought about it and if pressed, I likely would have said it’s the sound of the blood pumping in and around the chambers.

Not so.

The sound of your heart beat is the sound of your valves opening and closing.

Now I don’t know about you but that absolutely fascinated me. I was gobsmacked. The fact that I can hear the inner workings of my valves had my focus lasered in on him. I was captivated.

Funny thing was he tossed this fact out rather off-handedly. I’m sure he didn’t think it was a big deal.

That’s the thing about learning. You just never know what you can share about your perspective that will alter someone’s learning.

Here’s to illuminating learning, one heart beat at a time.


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2 Responses to “What’s making that noise? Learning in a heartbeat”

  1. Bill Ursel Says:
    July 27th, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Learning in a heartbeat. Lee-Anne . . .my work with Heart Healthy Children and Youth connects, heart, health, learning about the self and our-selves. I found your comment on your experience and learning about the heart compelling. I continue to be touched by the stories I hear about health, stroke and heart disease and how communities take action to improve their physical and mental health. What’s making that noise? The heart of learning, the self. Take care

  2. Lee-Anne Ragan Says:
    July 30th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Hi Bill- lovely to hear from you. Cheers to the heart of learning (plus the great sounding community work you’re doing).

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