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Is it any surprise our learners are so dependent?

Because school defines learning as passive, learners come to see education as something done to them. When students are stuck in the middle of a problem, they don’t try and figure out what makes sense to do next; instead, they try to remember what they are supposed to do. If this is the premise for...

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Asking students to work in complete isolation

Asking students to work in complete isolation

Joe Bower said: I would never ask students to complete anything that is worth doing in complete isolation from their peers, parents, books, or the Internet. I’ve worked hard to encourage my students to see collaboration as a critical characteristic of learning. Alfie Kohn reminds us that, “I want to see what you can do...