This is part of a blog series intended to document and define learning at Elk Grove High School throughout the 2018-2019 school year in order to increase student learning, give professionals autonomy, increase trust in our learning community, and foster a sense of personal-intellectual collegiality within the building across departments. You can read all of the previous posts here. I am going into each teacher's class four times and then they are reflecting alongside their students on the learning that took place and what they hope for.
In this second visit, I asked the teacher and the student two questions: how do they define learning? Under what conditions do people learn best? In an attempt to have all stakeholders have a similar definition of learning, the teacher and the students answered them, publish them, and then have conversations surrounding their beliefs on learning. This is what they came up with:
- not memorizing.
- not random facts.
Learning occurs best when people are:
- wanting to learn.
How do you define learning?
Melissa Curtis (Teacher): Students being able to discuss a topic intelligently with each other and defending their thoughts, applying the concepts we learn in class to a real-life example, students generating thoughtful questions, proving their knowledge on summative assessments.
Devin Peterson (Student): Being able to process new information and then applying the information.
Paige Hermann (Student): I define learning as processing new information and being able to understand it.
How do you believe people learn best?
Melissa Curtis (Teacher): Multiple exposures to the material (in-class, on their own, review), testing yourself, discussing the material with others, applying the content to your own life, spacing out the studying over several days instead of cramming.
Devin Peterson (Student): I believe people learn the best when there is a positive environment and there is some type of reward or punishment when learning and applying what was learned
Paige Hermann (Student): I believe people learn best when they actually see it and they can see how it's done.