Looking at Learning ... Again

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Topic: General Questions and Comments

Topic Posted by: Melissa Cheung
Date Posted: Mon Feb 15 5:09:36 US/Eastern 1999
Topic Description: Do you have a question or comment that doesn't fit in any of the above categories? Discuss topics about the LOOKING AT LEARNING ... AGAIN workshops and activities.

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Posted by: Mona Mitzel and Kathy Hanson (mmitzel@ts.ccsd.k12.wy.us )
Organization:Twin Spruce Jr. High
Date posted: Wed Mar 24 16:42:26 US/Eastern 1999
Subject: nintendo learners
It is my observation that students today learn using a Nintendo style, that is they watch each other and learn what others learn. This is especially true in labs and other hands-on activities, technology, field work. When one student learns a "neat" thing, then other students want to know. When I have watched children play Nintendo, 1 or 2 students will read a manual. 6 or 7 children will observe they game being played and soon a room filled with children will know how to find the little creatures, kill them and win the Nintendo game. They learn the names, the hiding spots, the powers and all sorts of information in minutes. As Dr. Novak says, children connect new learning to old learning and memorizing is not learning. Dr. Duckworth' comments that children learn when they want and what they want are true. If the student is an unwilling participant, then, we are kidding ourselves if we think we are teaching them.

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