ARE WE TEACHING STUDENTS HOW TO LEARN

     The October 8th issue of Education Week had an outstanding article by Steven Sawchuk entitled “Learning How to Learn Could Be a Student's Most Valuable Skill.”  This piece articulates the need for students to be able to “learn things on their own.”

            The article points out that school systems are structured entities that are slow to adjust to changes. This clearly is an issue in a world which is constantly changing to meet the needs of the workforce.

            Sawchuk discusses the importance of teaching students how to learn so they may adapt in future situations.

            The article may be viewed at

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/09/27/learning-how-to-learn-could-be-a.html?r=677083783.           

            Sawchuk also discusses a study in the Association for Psychological Science entitled Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques: Promising Directions From Cognitive and Educational Psychology.” The article is definitely worthwhile for teachers interested in how effective techniques including rereading an article or elaboration-interrogation.

            http://www.indiana.edu/~pcl/rgoldsto/courses/dunloskyimprovinglearning.pdf