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Self-directed learning

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Stephen D. Brookfield explores the notion of self-directed learning. He takes Knowles' (1975) influential definition as a starting point and then explores some of the problems surrounding the idea....

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 28, 7:00 PM

Self-directed learning has a social quality to it. I like the idea that teaching is about listening. It might be about deep listening and being open when students speak. Self-directed learning can be learned and one role teachers play/perform is creating space and time when students take increasing control of their learning. After all, despite the way we evaluate teachers based on student learning, learning is  students' responsibility. Teachers are there to listen and guide, not do the learning for students. That sounds like it is self-directed.

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10 Reasons Nonreaders Don't Read — And How to Change Their Minds | Scholastic.com

10 Reasons Nonreaders Don't Read — And How to Change Their Minds | Scholastic.com | Education and Training | Scoop.it

Children are not born with a natural aversion to reading. Learn how to help reluctant readers begin to love books.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 17, 10:07 PM

Point 2, they cannot read as fast as their peers, is also part of the diagnostic process. Does it make sense that the ability to read is based on speed? What happened to enjoying and whiling over the the worth of something worth reading?

 

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Dan Keldsen's curator insight, October 18, 12:25 AM

Stereotypes and generalizations are just plain lazy. Do the work to understand how people behave, what the want (in reality, not what they say they want), how they react, and stop playing to the stereotypes you may have fallen into.

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What Is Experiential Learning?

What Is Experiential Learning? | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Experiential learning theory suggests that all learning is created by grasping and transforming experiences. Learn more about the theory and the experiential learning cycle.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 16, 7:52 PM

The names of those involved in the foundational thinking behind experiential learning is impressive i.e. Dewey and Piaget. As well, Montessori's name might be added to the list.

 

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 16, 10:43 PM

Thanks to Ivon Prefontaine.

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The Biggest Blown Opportunity in Higher Ed History

The Biggest Blown Opportunity in Higher Ed History | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Given how profound the impact of emotional support can be for students, it's depressing how few college graduates receive it.
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Four Activities to Jump-Start Teamwork Among Teachers and School Leaders - Mind/Shift

Four Activities to Jump-Start Teamwork Among Teachers and School Leaders - Mind/Shift | Education and Training | Scoop.it

"Teachers and school leaders face very different challenges today from even a decade ago. The pace of change is faster; there’s more accountability. And the amount of content is overwhelming. To thrive, teachers see opportunities where others see only challenges. Now, more than ever before, teachers could use creative, innovative teamwork to help them ensure success.

But many teachers feel isolated in their classrooms, beholden to curriculum and state tests, but not necessarily connected to a learning community or a team to support them. That’s where school communities could learn from other types of work, where teams are crucial to generating new ideas and momentum, while providing members with support when it’s needed."


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Educational Leadership:Motivation Matters:Motivated to Learn: A Conversation with Daniel Pink

Educational Leadership:Motivation Matters:Motivated to Learn: A Conversation with Daniel Pink | Education and Training | Scoop.it

If schools truly want to engage students, they need to downgrade control and compliance—and upgrade autonomy.

  

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8 Characteristics Of A Great Teacher

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What differentiates the best from the rest? There’s no shortage of bodies (some dramatically misguided) attempting to solve this riddle.  The answers are nebulous at best. Below is a list of traits, some of which may be familiar but many of which will never show up on any sort of performance review.  Check them out and see what you think.


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21st Century Learning Coach 's curator insight, August 27, 8:51 PM
From www.teachthought.com - May 13, 2013 5:32 AM
8 Characteristics Of A Great Teacher
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How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn - KQED (blog)

How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn - KQED (blog) | Education and Training | Scoop.it


Game-based approaches to learning are far favored over “drill-and-kill” exercises.


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Jim Goldsmith's curator insight, August 18, 4:35 PM

From the article:  "The students with a purposeful-learning attitude (who agreed with socially oriented statements like “I want to become an educated citizen that can contribute to society”) scored higher on measures of grit and self-control than classmates who only reported self-oriented motives for learning such as wanting to get a good job or earn more money. The purposeful learners were also less likely to succumb to the digital distractions, answering more math problems on the diligence task — and they were more likely to be enrolled in college the following fall, the researchers found."  Worth reading.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 18, 7:13 PM

I found many students did not always know what they wanted down the road in life. They knew what gave meaning to life in concrete ways, in the moment, and shared that in their learning. I imagine over time it feeds into that long-term purpose.

 

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21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation

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“ 21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation”


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Steve Whitmore's curator insight, July 9, 7:54 AM

Very simple ways to engage students. Nothing new (I hope), but a great refresher. 

 

I think in a world where we are so serious about outcomes, we have to do what we can to have fun and put the student first.

 

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If You're Designing eLearning for Adults Take Advantage of These 4 Tactics

If You're Designing eLearning for Adults Take Advantage of These 4 Tactics | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Understanding how adults learn, is the first step to crafting an eLearning material adults will actually want to start and finish.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 1, 9:25 PM

If you are designing an eLearning course for adults are there aspects to consider that are important to the adult learner? This post from SH!FT would say yes. To create courses for adult learners, we must understand how adults learn, their traits and their learning styles.

What is important?

* Hook them Early (and Often)

* Make Use of Their Experiences

* Persuade Adult Learners of the Desirability of Learning Something

* Give Adult Learners the Freedom to Choose

Learn four ways to help hook the adult learner. Find four suggestions on ways to give adult learners more freedom to choose. Click through to the post to learn more.

Avidity Medical Design's curator insight, August 2, 10:13 AM

Very insightful article. I especially agree with point #2 and point #4. Point #2 indicates that learners can use past experiences to tap into new ideas. Point #4 indicates that adult learners would like to have the ability to take a more active role in defining their own learning experience. I see an interrelationship between both points because they each describe elements of self-directed learning. The learner is using what they already know to tap into new knowledge (point #2), and then, given the opportunity, they are choosing how, when, and where they acquire the new knowledge (point #4), with consideration given to the knowledge that they have already obtained (point #2). Excellent article, keep up the good work!

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8 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids

8 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids | Education and Training | Scoop.it
The purpose of teaching mindfulness to our children is to give them skills to develop their awareness of their inner and outer experiences, to understand how emotions manifest in their bodies and to recognize when their attention has wandered and to ...

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3 Ways to Teach and Lead

3 Ways to Teach and Lead | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Great leaders must also be great teachers. Part of the responsibility of leadership is the role of giving others the tools they will need to succeed.Some leaders are natural teachers. Others must
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Rote learning is bad – and other myths about education

Rote learning is bad – and other myths about education | Education and Training | Scoop.it
The education system needs to produce 21st century learners, but what if we are going about achieving that in entirely the wrong way?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 16, 9:44 PM

I found two key points jumped out. First, myths are not always fictional. There is some truth, sometimes a lot, in a myth. With each succeeded generation, we have to figure out is what still makes sense in the story and what needs replacing. This leads to the second point which is that the present state of School is one of binaries and polarities. We are focused on either/or rather than the relational nature of what still works and what does not. Tradition is discarded in total and replaced with whatever the latest fad is.

 

We need more articles which make us think like heretics. The word heretic comes from the ancient Greek meaning "to be able to choose." Do we have choice to be able to choose?

Gina Paschalidou's curator insight, July 17, 1:58 AM

D. Christodoulou's '7 myths about education' book debunks common 21st century ideas about education.

The 7 myths are:

Facts prevent understanding.

Teacher-led instruction is passive.

The 21st century fundamentally changes everything.

You can always just look it up.

You should teach transferable skills.

Projects and activities are the best way to learn. 

Teaching knowledge is indoctrination. 

 

 

 

Mike Clare's curator insight, July 17, 9:07 AM

This article is thought provoking,  what should we keep from the past and what new approaches should we embrace?  Makes for an interesting discussion.

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25 Practices That Foster Lifelong Learning - InformED

25 Practices That Foster Lifelong Learning - InformED | Education and Training | Scoop.it

"Is your capacity for learning is fixed or fluid? Can you improve your intelligence and talents through hard work and practice, or are you stuck with the brains you’ve got? Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck says most of us have either a “fixed” or “growth” mindset when it comes to learning. Most of us can get through sixteen years of schooling regardless of which mindset we have, but when it comes to lifelong learning–learning for the sake of learning, without outside pressure–only a growth mindset will cut it."


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Saberes Sin Fronteras Ong's curator insight, October 18, 12:15 PM

EDUCAR NO ES ENSEÑAR A VIVIR, LA COMUNICACION EDUCADOR-ALUMNO ES LA VIDA

Tony Guzman's curator insight, October 20, 9:47 AM

I am a firm believer of lifelong learning and this

Li Banban's curator insight, October 20, 8:23 PM

keep a growth mindset! its never too late to  learn.

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These Are The Reasons Why Learners Forget Your Training

These Are The Reasons Why Learners Forget Your Training | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Understand how the human mind forgets as it is to understand memory. Both concepts are part of the same coin and must be addressed together to make eLearning as successful as possible.

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7 Learning Styles to Up Your Management Game

Whether they realize it or not, people have two to three preferred learning styles. Think about it; when you have to learn something new, do you prefer to hear it, read it or touch it physically? Do you naturally make up songs about things?...

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20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers

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20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers


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The 10 Most Important Things That Students Actually Learn In College

The 10 Most Important Things That Students Actually Learn In College | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Here's what students say they actually learn in college.
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Interview Questions to Determine Critical Thinking Skills | Pearson's Critical Thinking Blog

Interview Questions to Determine Critical Thinking Skills | Pearson's Critical Thinking Blog | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Everyone wants to hire strong critical thinkers, but what's the best way to go about doing so? Assessments? Reference checks? Interview questions? Adecco
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7 Must-have Career Skills for the Social Age

7 Must-have Career Skills for the Social Age | Education and Training | Scoop.it
What skills employers will come to value most as we move away from Industrial Age thinking, and dive even deeper into the Social Age? What soft skills no...

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A New Approach to Education

A New Approach to Education | Education and Training | Scoop.it

There is an active school movement in character education and teaching ethics. But I don't think it's enough to have children just learn about ethical virtuosity, because 

we need to embody our ethical beliefs by acting on them. This begins with empathy.

 

 


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 6, 8:43 PM
The key to compassion is to be willing to help the other person and make the world a better place with one's efforts. @ivon_ehd1
Amy Melendez's curator insight, August 6, 9:14 PM

From the article:

 

Learning in general happens best in a warm, supportive atmosphere, in which there exists a feeling of safety, of being supported and cared about, of closeness and connection. In such a space children's brains more readily reach the state of optimal cognitive efficiency -- and of caring about others.

Such an atmosphere has particular importance for those children at most risk of going off track in their lives because of early experiences of deprivation, abuse, or neglect. Studies of such high-risk kids who have ended up thriving in their lives -- who are resilient -- find that usually the one person who turned their life around was a caring adult.

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Self-directed learning

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Stephen D. Brookfield explores the notion of self-directed learning. He takes Knowles' (1975) influential definition as a starting point and then explores some of the problems surrounding the idea....

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 28, 7:00 PM

Self-directed learning has a social quality to it. I like the idea that teaching is about listening. It might be about deep listening and being open when students speak. Self-directed learning can be learned and one role teachers play/perform is creating space and time when students take increasing control of their learning. After all, despite the way we evaluate teachers based on student learning, learning is  students' responsibility. Teachers are there to listen and guide, not do the learning for students. That sounds like it is self-directed.

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Daniel Goleman: Breathing Buddies - YouTube

Best-selling author Daniel Goleman shares a simple but effective exercise he observed that helps kids manage emotions and work on their focusing skills. Lear...
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What Predicts Success? It's Not Your IQ

What Predicts Success? It's Not Your IQ | Education and Training | Scoop.it
The CEO of one of the world’s largest money management firms was puzzled. He wanted to know why there was a Bell curve for performance among his employees, with a few outstanding, most in the middle,
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