Fried: The Passionate Learners and the Challenge of Schooling
Wonder Wall Wednesday is our way using #geniushour techniques to bridge the gap that is happening in education.
Wonderful things don't have to just be imagined. There is the possibility of wonderful moments and wondering moments in our classroom. This is a phenomenal example of education going in the right direction for students.
Common features and characteristics evident in these schools include:
• Guiding principles that focus all stakeholders
• High standards, including a commitment to post secondary advancement of students
• Belief in each student being known, understood, and encouraged
• Emphasis on student inquiry, experiential learning, learning in
depth, and interdisciplinary learning
• Some degree of choice inherent in the program
• Commitment to higher-order thinking and to students practicing
creativity and innovation, analysis and evaluation, and real-world
• Belief in the importance of personal values, democratic process,
integrity, and morality
Wilson, Louise, Great American Schools:The Power of Culture and Passion
A Passion for Learning
"Great teaching traffics in enduring puzzlements, persistent
dilemmas, complex conundrums, enigmatic paradoxes. Certainty
is closed, and closed streets don’t interest the mind. Great ideas
have legs. They take you somewhere. "
Eisner 2006, p. 44
What then is Meaningful learning
• Learning builds on preconceptions and needs to be integrated and
• Building deep conceptual knowledge and expertise is critical to
• Students must learn problem-solving and learning strategies.
• Students learn best when learning is contextualized and authentic
and when they respond to strategic, student-driven inquiry.
• Students benefit from metacognitive awareness of how they learn
and in shared discourse with others.
• The brain loves challenges, problem solving, and relevant mysteries.
Bransford, Brown, and Cocking 1999; Diamond and Hopson 1998;
Brown and Campione 1998
It also involves the construction of knowledge, including higher-order thinking;
• Disciplined inquiry, which includes an opportunity to develop deep
knowledge and engage in substantive conversation;
• Value beyond school, learning about things that connect to the
world beyond the classroom.
Newmann, Secada, and Wehlage 1995
I like what Mr. Robert Fried explains below. I am including an excerpt from his abstract.