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3 Ways to Increase Equity with Learning that Transfers

3 Ways to Increase Equity with Learning that Transfers

This blog is part one of our series on equity. It includes adapted excerpts from our new book, Learning that Transfers, publishing March 2021. Transfer of learning entails applying our previous learning to new situations. Unfortunately, both children and adults are...

Essential Learning that Transfers

Essential Learning that Transfers

This blog is an excerpt from the manuscript of our forthcoming book, Learning that Transfers, publishing March 2021 “Why do we have to know this?” It’s the age-old question students pose when they doubt the importance of the content they’re asked to learn. It’s hard...

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,...

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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