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How to Build Expertise in 4 Steps

The following article was originally shared on the Corwin Connect Blog on November 8th, 2019 by Julie Stern. “Science is built up of facts, as a house is built of stones; but an accumulation of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house.” – Henri...

Clarifying Transfer: The Ultimate Goal of Learning

This post first appeared on Corwin Connect. Most often when we ask teachers about why they want their students to learn certain topics, we hear teachers say that they hope their students will lead productive lives in the future. They want students to be strong...

An Amazingly Simple Way to Empower Students to Change the World

This blog first appeared on Share My Lesson. Most educators aim for a level of comprehension that moves beyond memorization. We want students to be strong thinkers and problem-solvers, and to be empowered to use their learning beyond the school walls. But applying...


Learning Transfer Cycle

Learning transfer happens when students apply their understanding of conceptual relationships to tackle a new context. Asking students to respond to conceptual questions helps to guide their thinking. We can use a continuous cycle to ensure students have repeated exposure and practice in refining their understanding through multiple contexts.

Learning Transfer Spectrum

The Where Innovation Happens graphic illustrates how learning moves from learning transfer in the classroom to applying that knowledge to real world problems. Once we transfer to similar tasks, we can move to more complex scenarios with more authentic audiences, such as writing a persuasive piece about a public problem and submitting it to a local newspaper.

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Innovators don’t invent without understanding how the world works. With this foundation, they apply conceptual understanding to solve problems. We want students to not only retain ideas, but relate them to other things they encounter, using each new situation to add nuance and sophistication to their thinking. Discover how to help learners uncover conceptual relationships and transfer them to new situations. 

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