“You learn what you do, and you can’t learn what you don’t do”.
That’s it. Bye now.
No, really. You create meaning by doing. It is that simple. We, each of us, need to be our own meaning-maker. You don’t create meaning by just listening. Real learning requires you to be physiologically engaged. (Wow, he’s using big words). It’s simple: to be physiologically engaged means to have the whole of you body/being “on task” or engaged with what you’re learning. This is not a memorization task, really.
Think of when you’re “in the moment” with learning something – you are engaged emotionally, you have to be. You have great interest in whatever it is that you happen to be exploring/learning. Why? Because you chose it, first of all.
Science has shown us the optimal conditions for learning. Key conditions are: control, choice, immediate feedback. When these conditions exist you are primed to learn. Traditional education turns its back to these, by its very nature. This is why the typical student is not the least bit primed to learn. They are not open to learning. When you’re sitting in class, as a ten year old, taking out your social studies text because it’s 9:40 AM and “that’s what we’re doing right now” you’re NOT engaged or interested. No choice, no engagement = no learning. Learning can’t be forced. Orwell told us that “you can’t force a human mind”.
Meaning-making, which is what real learning is, requires you to be in-sync with what you’re learning. Then you’re receptive to it – primed.
So- to get out of this mess we need to provide an educational experience that does this – and traditional education simply does not.
Keep visiting. I’ll look at what model we need. Let’s consider all the evidence from psychology, neurology and other related areas of science and see what an appropriate model might look like.