Learning

Learning is a process of acquiring knowledge, but more crucially acquiring the habits and tendencies to transfer that knowledge in personally meaningful circumstances.

The Difference Between Instructivism, Constructivism, And Connectivism

The Difference Between Instructivism, Constructivism, And Connectivism by Terry Heick We spend so much time in education trying to make things better. Better policies. Better technology. Better standards. Better curriculum. Better instruction. Better assessment. Better response to assessment data. And too with research, teacher collaboration, school design, parent communication, and so on. In fact, many […]

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Learning Theories: Bandura’s Social Learning Theory

Learning Theories: Bandura’s Social Learning Theory by Steve Wheeler, Associate Professor, Plymouth Institute of Education This is the third in my blog series on major learning theories. My plan is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of their theories, and how each can be applied in education. Last time, we examined […]

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How To Teach Students To Research Without Google

How To Teach Students To Research Without Google by Jane Healey, Ph.D It’s the start of a new school year, and many teachers will be planning research projects for their classes. Inquiry-based learning is one of the current buzz phrases, meaning students should ask and answer questions as a primary method in the classroom.  It’s […]

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5 Learning Strategies That Make Students Curious

5 Learning Strategies That Make Students Curious by Terry Heick Note this post has been updated from original publishing in February of 2013 Understanding where curiosity comes from is the holy grail of education. Education, of course, is different than learning. Education implies a formal, systematic, and strategic intent to cause learning. In this case, […]

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When School Is Nothing Like The World Students Live In

When School Is Nothing Like The World Students Live In by Terry Heick Reading recently through Edutopia’s resources on informal learning, the distinction between formal and informal learning resonated more strongly now than ever. As a classroom teacher, this difference is an important distinction. Formal learning happens through strategic planning of learning experiences, often direct […]

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How Stress Changes A Student’s Brain: The Neurology Of ‘Pressure’

How Stress Changes A Student’s Brain: The Neurology Of ‘Pressure’  by Judy Willis From neuroimaging and correlated neurocognitive research, we’ve seen the impact of stress on neural processing of information and behavior output. A prominent structure in this system is the amygdala deep in the network brain’s emotionally responsive limbic system. The amygdala is a switching […]

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The Highest Result Of Education Is A Kind Of Tolerance

The Highest Result Of Education Is A Kind Of Tolerance by Terry Heick All learning should result in personal change. Pushed further, all learning should then result in both personal and social change (being that society is a simply a collection of individuals and their habits). These are two of the measuring sticks I’ve always […]

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