Empowering students to create a more just, sustainable, and healthy world.

Concept Attainment in a Language Immersion Classroom

Concept Attainment in a Language Immersion Classroom

By Nathalie Lauriault Lire en français ici. Some language teachers claim that students should spend a lot of time on repetition and memorization of vocabulary words before they ever do any type of thinking about content. However, it helps to think about teaching a new...

Learning Transfer: What is it and why does it matter?

Learning Transfer: What is it and why does it matter?

Note: This is an excerpt from the manuscript of our forthcoming book. If you like these ideas, consider joining our all day virtual workshop on July 6. See details here. “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” -- Albert...

Modern Literacies: Framing new ways of knowing, doing, and thinking

Modern Literacies: Framing new ways of knowing, doing, and thinking

Of all the phrases floating in education’s buzzword soup, 21st Century Learning has become one of the soggiest. It’s not that there’s anything inherently wrong with it. On the contrary, its ubiquity speaks to its relevance. It’s used by everyone everywhere. We’ve used...

Becoming better innovators and sensemakers through learning transfer. 

Acquire

Facilitate opportunities for students to acquire and making meaning of individual concepts.

Connect

Promote student thinking about the relationships between and among concepts.

Transfer

Empower students to apply their organizational understanding of conceptual relationships to new situations.

Conceptual Understanding & Learning Transfer

Every field, hobby, or complex skill can be viewed through this model of fundamental elements, called concepts, and the ways in which those elements interact. We can increase  retention, hone our skills, and transfer our understanding to new situations by wiring our brains to learn how to grasp the organizational structures of our world. Using these structures as our guide, we can make sense of complex systems, create innovative solutions, and design a better future.

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