CEP 810- Learning and the Learner

This week I read chapters 1-3 of Bransford, Brown, and Cocking’s How People Learn. I wrote an essay reflecting upon the reading and making connections to my professional life. I focused on how the definition of learning has evolved to something far more complex than it once was and how so much more is expected of students today. The second aspect of the reading I focused on was how the learning processes of novices and experts differ. Experts think about their thinking and see the holes. Their knowledge is not just a list of facts, but it is compartmentalized. My full essay can be found here.


2 thoughts on “CEP 810- Learning and the Learner

  1. Kristy,
    Great essay on “Learning and the Learner”! Your thoughts flow very well together and I can really hear your voice in this piece of writing. I enjoyed reading the introduction, especially the comparison of traditional views of learning to the complex nature it assumes today. Equating learning to thinking critically was a great transition into the examples of inquiry-based learning you shared from your classroom. I can see that as a teacher you design the learning environment so that the students are actively engaged, think deeply and take ownership of their learning – what an exciting place to be as a learner. PBL seems like a very unique way of engaging “deep-thinking, lifelong learners”. I notice many similarities between PBL and the IB PYP (what we adopt in our school) – most notably the idea of teaching for conceptual understanding. I wonder if you have experimented with the “inquiry cycle” (i.e. tuning in, finding out, etc.)? We’ve learned it is quite useful in introducing concepts in a meaningful way while also inquiring into the students’ prior knowledge. Again, it was a real pleasure to read your thoughts and learn about the steps you are taking to promote authentic learning in your classroom. I look forward to reading more.

    1. Thank you for the feedback! I have not heard of the “inquiry cycle” specifically. After looking into it a bit, it seems to have elements I incorporate into my PBL units, but I do like the terminology it uses and it is something I might try out in my classroom! I have also not heard of IB PYP. I have heard of IB, but I did not know they had a PYP. This is something I’d love to learn more about. Thanks again for your thoughtful comments!

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