Teaching the way students learn…

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How often are we standing in the way of our student’s learning?  Why can’t we let go of “our way” of doing things?

Project Based Learning = Authentic Learning Experiences = TEACHING THE WAY STUDENTS LEARN.

Students learn by doing…

Students learn by communicating…

Students learn by collaborating…

Students learn by creating…

As I recently read through Alberta’s Framework for Student Learning, I couldn’t help but see the connections between Authentic Learning experiences and the competencies that Alberta students should have when they leave our schools.  As we embrace these competencies, I believe it will be difficult, if not impossible, to continue teaching in a “traditional” fashion.

The Alberta Framework for Student Learning states that we need to develop students who will be able to:

  • think critically
  • know how to learn
  • identify and solve complex problems
  • manage information
  • innovate
  • create opportunities
  • apply multiple literacies
  • demonstrate global and cultural understanding
  • demonstrate good communication skills and the ability to work cooperatively with others
  • identify and apply career and life skills

The competencies cannot be separated.  They are interconnected and interrelated.  Our traditional approach to teaching: teaching individual concepts in isolation will not work in a competency learning environment.

Authentic or Project Based learning is messy, busy and a bit chaotic…isn’t this how kids learn?  Students learn new concepts by making connections to prior understanding or relating the new concept to something they already know.  Students love messy!  They love busy and chaotic!  They love to play!

It’s time to change the way we teach to coincide with the way our students learn.



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