Tuesday, August 16, 2016

i + 1

Teachers of world (foreign) languages are well-aware of Stephen Krashen's theory of second language acquisition.  His Input hypothesis talks about "i + 1", in which the learners should receive language input that is one step above (+1) their current ability (i).

I like to think of this "i + 1" hypothesis as a life philosophy, too. If we take wherever we are currently ( our "i"), and try to improve it by "+1", we'll constantly be growing. Trying to find ways to bump our lives up a level, especially when we start to feel like we're on auto pilot, will keep life challenging and interesting.

Think about your job, your personal life, your home life, or whatever.  Don't stay on cruise control. Keep looking for your own "i + 1" opportunities!