How do we engage students in learning that matters?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Driving Question: How do we engage students in learning that matters?

  • What’s worth learning?
  • How is it best learned?
  • How can we get it taught that way?
  • How do we know it’s been learned?

These were introductory questions to one of my favorite graduate courses. The course entitled Educating for the Unknown was taught by David Perkins and Michael Shiner. Little did I know these questions would become my life’s work.

I have spent the past 15 years working in the field of learning and development as a consultant, trainer and coach. I loved learning from an early age. Throughout my childhood, my parents underscored the importance of taking my education as far as I could. They believed that education would provide me with choices; and choices meant freedom to build a life of my own choosing.

My choices are now taking me from my current role in higher education. I am embarking on my next adventure as the founder of the Institute for the Future of Learning, a non-profit dedicated to transforming our factory model of K-12 education.

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