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11. Lessons For Life - Learning and Transfer

Questions for Reflection

Question 1: In the bridge-building exercise what is really being transferred? It's teaching hard stuff, but how does it transfer – doesn't it just integrate other fields?

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Question 2: How do teachers discover what students already know in order to build on new learning while making certain that they are teaching the local, state and/or national standards?

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Question 3: In both teaching examples when one student gives an inappropriate answer both teachers asked another student to respond without giving the first student any indication that the answer given was not sufficient.

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Question 4: As it is, teachers are bogged down with trying to include everything in their lesson. How do you teach for transfer without taking excessive amounts of time?

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Question 5: Using real life situations, like building a bridge, is exciting, but how much time is needed to complete a project, and are other required learning objectives being compromised?

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Question 6: Many students have limited experiences. How do you handle leaning and transfer when prior knowledge is so different for each child?

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Question 7: There are several learning theories being used simultaneously: learning and transfer, multiple intelligence and learning in a social context to name a few. How do you know which ones work well together to get the learning results you want?

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Question 8: Is learning and transfer better in a high school setting versus an elementary or middle school setting?

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Question 9: Although both teachers discuss assessment, mastering local, state, and national assessments requires learning specific objectives. How do you know when students have met the local, state, and national-required learning objectives?

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Question 10: All students seem to be actively engaged. Is this the result of peaking students interest by beginning with what they already know, or is it a result of a really qualified teacher who knows how to manage the classroom?

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Question 11: What is the ultimate outcome desired when using learning and transfer?

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