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[Teacher-talklearning] workshop #8: cognitive apprenticeship

From: Randi K <zenway01_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2012 11:11:42 -0500

The video states that the end product of cognitive apprenticeships is
knowledge. I would submit that this is due, in large part, to students’
ownership for their own *as well as others’* learning. In one example, the
teacher was careful in how she organized groups. She insisted on groups no
larger than 3 or 4 to make sure that all students were encouraged and given
opportunity to participate. All students in the group had a responsibility
to make sure that the other members of the group had the information and
knowledge they needed to be successful. I like the inherent responsibility
that this teaches to participating students. When students realize that
they are accountable to others, a casual approach without due diligence
becomes much more at issue.

In this video, I recognized what the segment termed “expert jigsaw.” In
this, students research parts of a topic and teach it to others. I see this
frequently in my school. Recently, I saw a lesson in a World History class,
in which a mock conflict was played out by students who fell into certain
roles (President, cabinet member, Prime Minister, Secretary of Defense,
etc.). Students had to research their roles, educate their team members,
and then act in according to the limitations and authorities granted
them. Students
were responsible not only for filling the role so that the conflict could
“play out” and the group could get a grade, but they were responsible for
educating the other members about the group as to what their powers were
and what their limitations were, information traditionally given to them by
teachers through direct instruction.

-- 
Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants
happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do
other creatures.
                                                                *---The
Dalai Lama*
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Received on Mon Apr 09 2012 - 12:28:08 EDT

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