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What No One Tells You About Bloom’s Taxonomy

This blog first appeared on Share My Lesson Spread the word: The triangle is not the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy. Why does this matter? All good teachers savor “aha” moments—when students demonstrate deep understanding, make connections, or transfer their learning to new...

Supercharge Your Classroom in 5 Steps

This blog first appeared on Corwin Connect. Education researcher John Hattie’s ground-breaking research about the factors that influence student achievement gives us much to think about in terms of our habits and practices. It helps us to prioritize initiatives,...

How to Honor Childhood with Intellectual Rigor

This blog first appeared on Share My Lesson. Has anyone ever told you that young children aren’t capable of having abstract thoughts? That was the prevailing view when I studied psychology many moons ago. But recent research and practical experience are challenging...


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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