Time for reflection…I’ll be back in August

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” –Oliver Wendall Holmes

As I come to the end of my 14th year as an educator, it is time for me to reflect on what I believe in…

I want to close my first “series” of educational blog postings with a Meta-Reflection.  I have discovered what I believe through experience in the classroom and through formal life long learning.  A primary source of what I have posted below is:

Bransford, John. How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. Washington,  D.C.: National Academy, 2000. Print.

People learn when:

  • They see purpose and relevancy to their own life or others’,

  • They receive specific feedback in a timely manner,

  • They are actively involved,

  • They have a chance to fail and try again, and

  • They have a chance to think about what they are doing (meta-cognition).

Effective teachers have the ability to:

  • Assess, activate, and use prior knowledge,

  • Involve student actively in authentic ways,

  • Use guided discussions and formative feedback to motivate learners,

  • Use models and big ideas to help learners organize knowledge (i.e. conceptual teaching and learning),

  • Promote transfer with activities and assessments that focus on meta-cognition.

In closing, I would like to end with a quote from James Levin:

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection.  From the quiet reflection will come, even more effective action.”

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About ibdanmagie

Generalist Educator that believes learning without action is wasteful. Transfer is an educational concept that resonates with me.
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