Back in the day, my 2nd-grade teacher used to ask me what kind of learner I was. “Do you learn by seeing and hearing, or by doing?” she asked me every day. She must have asked me a million times, but my response was always the same: “Is it time for recess yet?”
I think we finally decided that I learned by doing (even though I never could figure out how to color within the lines), but it’s clear that the Charlotte Bobcats’ Derrick Brown is a visual learner. I’ll now describe the steps to visual learning.
1. Watch somebody else’s actions
2. Sort out the good and the bad
After a visual learner watches someone else’s actions, he does two things. First, he adopts whatever the person he observed did well. In this case, Brown liked Henderson’s decision-making. If Joel Anthony is trailing you on a fast break, Brown figured, you might as well try to dunk the basketball.
Next, a visual learner must discard whatever the person he observed did poorly. In this case, Brown saw Henderson get his shot tossed against the backboard. If Joel Anthony is trailing you on a fast break, Brown realized, be sure not to get humiliated by the NBA’s worst starting center.
And then Brown thought to himself, Wow, Anthony’s even worse than Darko.
3. Use what you’ve learned
Finally, we get to see the fruits of Brown’s learning. Dunk you very much.