Taking Learning Seriously
"I think the students have amnesia," I quipped to a collegue in the staff room as I was grading movie review papers. A
majority of the papers were well written and the grammar was crisp and complete, what I noticed was happening was
most of the students were not following instructions. The student was required to follow the rubric and analyze and
review the film rather than just summarize it.
Lee Shulman's article, "Taking Learning Seriously" discusses the idea of amnesia, fantasi and inertia with regard to
the classroom. One major idea that Shulman hits upon is the concept of two-fold style learning. I feel
this type of "connective" learning is very appropriate in the modern classroom. It is important for the
student to have a concrete foundation with the subject that is being taught.