Looking at Learning ... Again

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Topic: Teaching and Learning

Topic Posted by: Melissa Cheung
Date Posted: Mon Feb 15 5:01:23 US/Eastern 1999
Topic Description: What are your beliefs about how people learn? How does your teaching style and school system work to accommodate how people learn?

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Posted by: Deborah Kelly ([email protected] )
Date posted: Fri Mar 19 15:01:08 US/Eastern 1999
Subject: Response to Karen's Video
The video of Karen made me curious about my own students’ thoughts on the subject. I posed the same question to my 4th grade students. Students responded in writing. Ten students thought they would be able to see the apple. Eight students believed it would be impossible to see the apple. Then I had students share their ideas in small groups. Following this discussion they were given an opportunity to revise their written responses. Not a single student changed his or her original statement. Finally a class discussion was held so everyone could consider all the arguments. Once again they were given the opportunity to revise and much to my surprise, not a single student changed his or her thinking from the evidence presented in the class discussion. Is this a case of: “I won’t believe it unless I see it with my own eyes!”

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