"It is terribly important that in explicit and concerted ways we make students aware of themselves as learners. We must regularly ask, not only “What are you learning?” but “How are you learning?”
We must confront them with the effectiveness (more often ineffectiveness) of their approaches. We must offer alternatives and then challenge students to test the efficacy of those approaches.
We can tell them the alternatives work better but they will be convinced if they discover that for themselves."
Sure, it comes from a blog post in November 2012. But this doesn't make it any less relevant. Marilyn Weimer P.HD wrote a salient blog post on surface versus deep learning.
Sadly many examples of surface learning occur every day in so many schools in so many countries. Too often students are "learning" in an environment that values recall and simple grades over deeper learning that challenges thinking na understanding. It is the environment where "grade grubbers" thrive, its a term Sam Neal uses in reflecting on her students and the context of learning. Sam is a passionate and creative teacher who gets what real learning is about...
Her blog post (excerpt above) about the pressure to perform in a broken system says it so well.
hyphen31 (Don Collins) has been playing with technology since the days of the Apple+. On the web well before www, he continues to savour the richness of the webiverse in small bytes. He finally leapt from the couch and created this own domain & website forsaking all earlier incarnations...