Arthur Costa, Emeritus Professor of Education at California State University in Sacramento, author of many books and articles about the teaching of thinking, and cofounder of the Institute for Habits of Mind in Westport, CT offers a thoughtful definition of real learning in this four minute video.
He explains that real learning is not about transmitting information from teachers to students but rather about teachers engaging students in learning how to learn. Real learning is about students constructing their own knowledge and creating personal meaning.
With real learning, students can develop the capacity to grow into deep thinking individuals and effective participants in the communities in which they live and work.
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Some questions to think about…
How do the current Common Core standards foster or impede students creating individual meaning for themselves?
Also, how does SBAC testing foster or impede students from assessing their own learning?
Share your thoughts below in the comment section.
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Excellent post! Our son is blessed to attend a STEM school in West Hartford,CT where the entire curriculum is centered on inquiry-based learning. Following that model, you asked some essential, tough questions for us all to consider. Thank you for your courageous thought leadership.