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The Language Of Learning

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As an educator I struggle with some aspects of how things play out in our schools. Let me first say that I’ve never taught in a K-12 classroom. But I have taught at the university level and trained in the workplace. Over the years I have seen the same circumstances play out repeatedly–with my own children as well as those I have taught. Many people don’t know how to learn or how to think while engaged in the learning process.

A few years back I started teaching my kids certain things I had put into action in my professional teaching/training and I was shocked at the results. I taught them the language of learning. That’s right, I decided they needed to know the language of learning and how to integrate this knowledge into their learning experiences.

Examples:

  • Reading vs. Studying
  • Mastery
  • Cognition
  • Metacognition
  • Knowledge Building
  • Memorization
  • Comprehension
  • Application
  • Analysis
  • Evaluation
  • Synthesis
  • Facts vs. Procedures vs. Concepts
  • Infer
  • Logical Fallacy

Of course, there are many more terms, phrases, concepts, approaches, and strategies; but this brief list is a good starting point. Much of this I will address in the next few weeks. But I encourage you to explore these topics on your own as well. Empower yourself or your child by studying the language of learning so you understand what’s required when engaged in the process of learning.

-cd

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