“We Learning in Different Ways and Different Time Frames”

In this seven-minute video, Bea McGarvey points out a key to cultivating student-centered, post-industrial learning organizations.  According to McGarvey, it is about creating learning spaces that are shaped by two simple facts about how people learn.

  1. We learn in different ways.
  2. We learn on different time frames.

The differentiation of learning experiences and the differentiation of time remain two of the more difficult challenges for many teachers in traditional classrooms.  Students in need of these differentiations (although all can benefit from them) are often labeled the problem, rather than considering that the environment may be the problem.  McGarvey suggests that a simple way to progress toward these customizations is to take a student, start with a goal, and help the student chart out a plan to achieve that goal.  Along the way, give the student the needed feedback and resources.  She argues that everything else is “bath water” rather than the “baby.” The 100 point grading scale, traditional daily schedule…all just bath water. What do you think?

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About Bernard Bull

Dr. Bernard Bull is an author, professor of education, Vice Provost of Curriculum and Academic Innovation, podcast host, and blogger. Some of his books include Missional Moonshots: Insights and Inspiration for Educational Innovation, What Really Matters: Ten Critical Issues in Contemporary Education, The Pedagogy of Faith (editor), Adventures in Self-Directed Learning, and Digitized: Spiritual Implications of Technology. He is passionate about futures in education; educational innovation; and social entrepreneurship.

One Reply to ““We Learning in Different Ways and Different Time Frames””

  1. gmpotratz

    This is a source of overwhelming frustration. What it comes down to is that you can’t just change a little. Everything needs to be overhauled. It is major. Reform that sweeping is hard, and I tend to agree with her assessment that we need to leap over the whole industrial area of education into a place that takes learning styles and timeframe into account. It’s almost like a person would have to open an “alternative” school in order to make this work. I agree, we talk too much, without changing anything.

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