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We are failing our students
The science of learning
This past week was a tough week. My students and I had to have a conversation. A conversation I wish someone had with me when I was at their age. It would have saved me three years of my life, and a lot of heartache. I don’t regret the mistakes, but if I can save someone from making them, then I will do my part.
This is also an important conversation for the parents, the administrators, and everyone that pushes the narrative that the GPA is the most important measure of success. We have created a system where students chase the A’s but have never been taught how to actually learn.
Learning is hard, it requires time, effort, and a whole lot of reflection. Through my conversations with my students, I have learned that most of them expect that showing up to class, and, maybe, reading the book is all that they need to do to learn new content. This is an extremely passive way of consuming knowledge and is an ineffective learning method. I encourage my students to be active learners. I do that through my classroom activities, but I also talk to them about how they SHOULD be studying.
I summarized our conversation in this week’s video. I also share my method of learning, one that I have come to through trial and error. See, each one of us has their own way of learning. Find what works for you. Till then, you can get started with these methods. What are your favorite study tips?