Monday, September 3, 2012

Learning Principles and Understanding

Our school district has adopted the following three learning principles:
  1. Effectively accommodating a learner's preferred learning style, prior knowledge, and interests enhances learning.
  2. Learners reveal and demonstrate their understanding when they can apply, transfer, and adapt their learning to new and novel situations.
  3. Learning is purposeful and contextual.
After dissecting the statements and reflecting a bit, I interpret these principles as follows:
  • Principle #1: Empathy—teachers demonstrate empathy for the learning diversity of their students.
  • Principle #2: Lifelong Learning—teachers facilitate learning that leads to deep, enduring understanding.
  • Principle #3: I Can—teachers create a meaningful environment where students believe that "I can learn, think, do, etc."
While still part of our school conversation, I am beginning to sense (thankfully) that standardized data no longer dominates our thinking. Courageous conversations which focus on learning and understanding are being explored and embraced once again. As part of our never-ending Hero's Journey, we seek insight and transformation, "Arriving where we started and knowing the place for the first time."

What learning principles guide and accompany you on your journey?

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