"In the abundant world in which we now find ourselves, transformation in schools must be about empowering learners to organize their own learning and about delving deeply into the subjects that interest them, to live on a “perpetual learning curve.” Those are the skills they need to be successful learners in their adult lives. The emphasis shifts from knowing to learning." - From Master Teacher to Master Learner, Will Richardson
Here is my visual interpretation of what Will Richardson calls the perpetual learning curve of the modern learner. I have no scientific basis for this graphic other than the influence of co-learners (PLN contributors) like Will Richardson, Jackie Gerstein, Jon Andrews, Aaron Davis, George Siemens, Yong Zhao, Stewart Hase, Alan November, and many others.
Edutopia, Rebecca Alber
Inquiry - Justin Tarte, Jackie Gerstein, and Alan November will tell you that deep, meaningful learning is preceded by powerful, essential questions developed by the learner. According to Linda Nitsche, an essential question provokes deeper thinking, solicits information, drives further investigation, and results in an original answer or idea.
"Although essential questions are powerful advance organizers and curriculum drivers, the problem is that the essential questions are typically developed by the educator, not the learners. The educator may find these questions interesting and engaging, but that does not insure that students will find them as such." - Dr. Jackie Gerstein
Edutopia, John Larmer
Investigation - Not homework, but extended learning opportunities become beneficial when learners are empowered to pursue answers to questions of their own choosing. More than research, investigation means reaching out to experts, digging deep to find original sources, organizing a disjointed collection of material into a meaningful center. Educators Paul Solarz and Joy Kirr, are champions of Genius Hour and digital portfolio development because choice, voice, and self-organization are engaging, and empowering processes for the participant learner.
Edutopia, Josh Weisgrau
Contribution - Transparently sharing products of learning with authentic audiences is an impactful leap forward. Contribution pushes the bar higher by asking learners to support and advance the learning of others. Some students are fortunate enough to make global connections, and gain a new perspective through the self-publishing of their work to the web. Alan November when contrasting the difference between technology and innovation asks, "Is there an opportunity for students to create a contribution (purposeful work)? - Transformational Six
Edutopia, Mirjam Schoning
Reflection - What am I doing? Why am I doing this? What have I learned? What new questions do I have? What could I have done differently? How will this help me and others? Reflection takes time and practice, but it is the essential step in crystallizing and perpetuating deeper learning. Will Richardson, in describing productive learning, quotes Seymour Sarason in his recent publication, From Master Teacher to Master Learner, "the learning process is one which engenders and reinforces wanting to learn more." Reflection keeps the inquiry door open so that we can learn more. The modern learning cycle repeats and the learning never stops.
Edutopia, Beth Holland