Learning, Understanding, and Conceptual Change

This week (our first week!) in CEP 810, we were asked to read the first three chapters of Bransford, Brown & Cocking’s (2000) How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. Afterwards, we responded in an essay with our thoughts on learning, understanding, and conceptual change based on the reading and our professional experiences. The full essay can be found HERE. I chose to focus on the learning processes of experts and novices and how they differ based on the organization and thought processes that each puts forth during their learning. I then discussed teaching methods which help to promote learning and understanding. I incorporated Ritchhart, Church, and Morrison’s “Making Thinking Visible”, a teaching method I was introduced to last year (see my references list after the essay for the text citation). I found it to be very helpful in guiding my students through new learning and bringing their prior knowledge to the front of our lessons. Enjoy!