Being an effective teacher in the classroom requires great skill at being able to recognize where your students are coming from to facilitate the learning process. While reading the first three chapters of Bransford, Brown, and Cocking’s (2000) How People Learn for my graduate course, “Teaching Understanding with Technology”, I was reminded of the importance of always being aware of a student’s understanding throughout the learning process. In my essay, I clarify the differences between learning and understanding and show that both are constantly changing. By examining the differences in techniques experts and novices use to learn new information, I have outlined a few practices that should be present in our classrooms so educators can ensure their students are able to apply/transfer the information they have taught them to future situations.
18 Jan 2015 5 Comments