Monday, February 17, 2014

Slow Learning

Last week, I had an opportunity to listen to Daniel Wilson from Project Zero and the Harvard Graduate School of Education discuss one of the most difficult, but most essential pieces of learning that we can bring to kids. It is the idea of Slow Learning. Slow Learning allows our bodies to pause, observe, reflect, and be present in the learning ecosystem that surrounds us. He pointed to an excellent project that they are supporting with a journalist that is walking around the world over seven years, listening to story, reporting on all that surrounds him, and sharing the experience with the world. There are great K-12 resources at Wilson also posed a question that stuck with me around how teachers approach their learning. Consider this. How would you teach differently if your students took the tests for your class one year after the instruction? Would it change your craft? Would you go slower to go faster?

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