Building off last week’s post on original thinking and a previous posts on creativity and wisdom, I continue to enjoy reading and reflecting on these concepts as they relate to learning, adult or student. I hope these 7 Essential Principles of Innovative Learning from MindShift/KQED News provoke some reflection in you like they did in me. Simple yet interesting to reflect upon:
- Learners have to be at the center of what happens in the classroom (Interestingly enough, Edutopia asserts that Student Centered Learning starts with the teacher.)
- Learning is a social practice and can’t happen alone. “By our nature we are social beings and we learn by interacting,” said Jennifer Groff, an educational engineer and co-founder of the Center for Curriculum Redesign. “We learn by pushing and pulling on concepts with one another.” (peer to peer collaboration)
- Emotions are an integral part of learning. Brain research has found that emotions plus cognition drive meaning.
- Learners are different and innovative learning environments reflect the various experiences and prior knowledge that each student brings to class. “You really want practices and processes that help teachers engage each student where they are,” said Groff. Think about our work and training around Culturally Responsive Teaching.
- Students need to be stretched, but not too much. “It’s really critical to find that student’s sweet spot,” Groff Said. Peer collaboration can help reach a wonderful level of inquiry and discovery through press and support.
- Assessment should be for learning, not of learning. “Good teachers do this informally most of the time,” Groff said. “But when it’s done well and more formally it’s a whole structure and methodology where you collect feedback on the learning pathway and it drives the next step that you take.”
- Learning needs to be connected across disciplines “and reach out into the real world.” Our efforts with Project Based Learning and the PBL Continuum we developed aspire to achieve this in our classrooms.
Check out the 18-minute TED Talk below of Sir Ken Robinson where he “makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish.” Watch and/or listen to how encourages us how to attack this “climate crisis”. We don’t need reform or “evolution” in education, we need “revolution”. Listen as we continue our learning revolt…