June 9

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Complex Terminology

A quadrilateral is a shape with four sides.

A parallelogram is a quadrilateral where the opposite sides are parallel.

A rhombus is a parallelogram where all the sides happen to be the same size.

I learned these terms in school. Then I forgot all of them except for quadrilateral. Then, I Googled the others as a refresher for this blog post.

That being said...

The only times I've needed to recall these terms were on a test, in random conversation, and while watching game shows. (And this blog post...)

I know what a square looks like. I know what a diamond looks like.

I've never needed to classify them as quadrilaterals or rhombuses.

In fact, I can't even recall the last time I saw a rhombus-shaped object...except on a test that says, "What kind of shape is this?"

In school, I learned terms like parallelogram and rhombus, but I didn't learn how to cook, how taxes work, or what to do about my chromatic procrastination problem.

Complex terminology is perhaps good to learn as a cognitive exercise.

But in the end, it's most effective to focus and improve on the basics.

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About Jonathan Roberts

I am the founder and director of the South Shore Piano School, and I have been teaching the piano for nearly 20 years. My work centers around bringing music to the lives of kids, parents, and adults in an enriching, meaningful way. At the South Shore Piano School, my incredible colleagues and I accomplish this through skill-based teaching, community, and an innovative, people-first business model. You can read more about me here.


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