Category Archives: Learning

Posts concerning how people learn or how to use our knowledge about learning to inform classroom practice.

Learning to Walk

The following abstract came across my google reader today. What are the insights you’re seeing for learning/teaching in K-16 education? A century of research on the development of walking has examined periodic gait over a straight, uniform path. The current … Continue reading

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Technological evolution, not revolution.

As much as people want to believe in the revolutionary power of technology, technology advance more closely resembles evolution than revolution because new technology is developed in light of previous technologies (McArthur, 2007). Usually, new technologies are simply a recombination … Continue reading

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Creation of what?

When we talk about the use of technology in schools we often note how the technology can be leveraged to increase students’ level of thinking.  Bloom’s taxonomy placed “creating” (used to be synthesis) near the top of the “thinking pyramid”. … Continue reading

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What should we flip?

My last post had some criticism of the flipped classroom.  David Cox, Frank Noschese and I were discussing the nuances on twitter and each had an important insight.  David noted that the better flip described in my example lesson is … Continue reading

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Imagine a class…

Imagine a class engaged in an authentic problem*.  Let’s say they are trying to understand how to wire a ceiling fan (or some other thing, doesn’t matter).  One student says, “Hey, I have a room in my house where I … Continue reading

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The Stillness of Chaos…

Organized chaos. This phrase is how I often envision my classroom.  Today, we accomplished a lot.  We developed a list of questions to research, introduced the collaborative blog project, discussed classroom management, questioning strategies, motivation, wait time I and wait … Continue reading

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A pedagogy of learning

My area of expertise is science education and I dabble in learning theory.  I subscribe to a “hot” conceptual change model (Pintrich et al. 1993) in which students conceptual frameworks, developmental levels, motivation, goals, stress, learning dispositions and attribution all … Continue reading

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