In my sometimes futile attempts to be reflective, it seems that one idea comes to my mind more than any other about these past several years of graduate school. I sometimes wonder if what it is that i’ve learned, more than anything else, is the terminology and jargon of teaching. Whereas before I may have said that students should work together meaningfully in the classroom, now I know to call it cooperative learning, so that it sounds more official. In my pre-educated mindframe I may have said that students have to be in charge of their own learning, and to have voice and choice for it to be meaningful, I can now throw out jargon like constructivist based learning and alternative forms of assessment. I can point out more of the psychological underpinnings of what we call learning, the research behind different learning styles, multiple intelligences, and so on. But in the end, I still struggle with making learning truly meaningful in the classroom, no matter what I choose to call it. Hopefully, this disequilibrium will lead to some breakthroughs in my own learning in the next couple of years.
two years later… July 23, 2008