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

25 Of The Best Poetry Books For Teens

25 Of The Best Poetry Books For Teens by TeachThought Staff It can be difficult to get the majority of teenagers to show a natural interest in or appreciation for poetry. And actually, as soon as I wrote that I realized that the same could most likely be said for most of the population, unfortunately. […]

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Is Chunking The Foundation To Complex Learning?

Is Chunking The Foundation To Complex Learning? by Michael Simmons, Author & Entrepreneur Imagine you’re playing speed chess. With a blindfold. With multiple games going at once. At the 2015 Sohn conference, the highest-ranked chess player in history, Magnus Carlsen did exactly this, and it’s a feat to behold. Carlsen quickly makes his moves (navigating 60,000+ […]

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A Taxonomy For Transfer: 14 Ways Learners Can Transfer What They Know

  A Taxonomy For Transfer: 14 Ways Learners Can Transfer What They Know by Terry Heick What is transfer? In “Using Self-Transfer To Drive 21st Century Assessment,” I offered that transfer was “the practice of applying knowledge or meaning from a familiar context to an unfamiliar context.” Further, “This movement requires re-contextualizing what they know, […]

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Why We Should Encourage Students To Fail

Why We Should Encourage Students To Fail contributed by Saga Briggs “The question, ‘Would you go back and undo your errors’ is unanswerable. It’s only useful to ask, what wisdom have you learned from your misjudgments that will help you going forward?” –David Brooks In the early 1990s, researcher Kevin Dunbar conducted an investigation into […]

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When Students Study What They Can Still Change

When Students Study What They Can Still Change by Terry Heick I was reading the surprisingly enlightening comments section of a YouTube video when I ran across an interesting idea: the energizing effect of making education contemporary. In this context, contemporary education didn’t refer to the use of technology, or modern curriculum framing tools imposed […]

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The Definition Of Intrinsic Motivation

The Definition Of Intrinsic Motivation by TeachThought Staff A decent working definition of intrinsic motivation is “motivation that stems directly from an action rather than a reward.” Dr. Richard Ryan and Edward Deci explain in their Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivations: Classic Definitions & New Directions. “Intrinsic motivation is defined as the doing of an activity […]

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The Importance Of Intrinsic Motivation

The Importance Of Intrinsic Motivation contributed by Iain Lancaster What motivates students? And further, what motivates them to be engaged at school? The answers here vary dramatically and can have a huge impact on each and every student. Let’s start with the obvious line of answers. “everyone goes to school,” or “everyone needs an education […]

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