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For many generations of teachers and students, learning was understood to be the transfer of information; what was known by the teachers was transferred into the brains of students.

Notice the past tense.

Hey college students (and their parents): if you have realized your first choice college isn’t a good fit, don’t worry, lots of us discovered that reality! Just make sure to study so you can transfer your credits.

“I rejected my own biases.” Yeah… you most certainly didn’t.

“Teaching is inherently counterintuitive.” Yeah… 35 years in education seems to confirm that observation.

Imagine living at a time when there was a willful rejection of evidence… oh, wait… never mind.

Situated cognition and participationist lessons are intended to help students understand the knowledge in the context of problems and social situations of the real world.

Simulations in classrooms do lack some of the complexities of real world situations, they do allow faculty and students to suspend the simulation to identify relevant points, brainstorm next steps, and discuss their emerging understanding.

Hey teachers.... you need to knwo what distributed and interleaved practice is.

In some teaching situations, there is a well-known and clear process that must be followed in the real world. We can easily train students for success in these fields. They are rarer than many think.

What if students learn, but can't perform on assessments?

What if students perform on assessments, but can use the knowledge elsewhere?

No IT professional wants users of their systems to be ineffective and complaining

What works to configure functional IT for users in a typical office setting and to keep user productive and not complaining may result in unproductive and complaining IT users in schools.

Schools are places where information technology (IT) systems have been installed. These are seriously complex systems. In the vocabulary of IT professionals, they are enterprise systems (or perhaps business systems in small schools) and managing them requires specialized expertise.

Maybe it is the physiological responses that trigger emotions? For example when our brains sense fight or flight has kicked in, we experience fear.

Maybe we start by ensuring our data are valid and reliable and ethically collected.

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