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Seven Misconceptions about How Students Learn: Game-Changers for Authentic Learning

Posted in 21st Century Skills, Professional Development, Service-Learning by tharkins on February 17, 2012

Just read another article that hit home for me.   “Seven Misconceptions about How Students Learn,” written by Valerie Strauss at the Washington Post.

It discusses the misconceptions that many people believe about education, that are blocking true learning.  Over the past few decades we have learned a lot about how students learn and these misconceptions don’t fit with the science.

Here is the list of misconceptions and Strauss’s comments on each. (more…)

Collaboration: 21st Century Skills for 21st Century Students and Communities

Posted in Professional Development, Service-Learning, Summer Institutes by KIDS Consortium on December 13, 2011

My first year of teaching—Day 1: I had my lesson plan all printed neatly in my plan book. It called for the 7thgraders to work in groups for 20 minutes—you see, I learned in one of my courses that students excel in cooperative learning activities. So I put them into groups with a task (I don’t remember what it was and I am sure that none of the students remembers either) and then I, oh, I don’t know, I was probably checking the lunch menu or straightening the framed diploma that hung behind my desk—you know, I was doing what you do when kids are working in groups.  Five minutes later I looked out on the splendor of the environment I had created—what a disaster. Here I thought that by using

English: Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

T. Hobbes...he warned us about ourselves:)

a collaborative learning strategy that I was developing 21st Century students, and it looked more like Hobbes’s 17th Century description of the state of nature. Clearly, I forgot an important step…to teach them HOW to work in groups. (more…)

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