Through the Education Lens

3 Things Needed for Authentic Learning

CJ Westerberg, July 17, 2013 3:04 PM


Allowed to Be Curious, Messy and Reflective

What I love about high school chemistry teacher Ramsey Musaallam's short TEDx talk (under 6 min) below, is how he had an epiphany about his many years of "pseudo-teaching" after a personal event . . .

 . . . about how authentic learning is "sparked" and sustained:

Real learning involves curiosity (student questioning), messiness ("can be ugly!"),
and intense reflection (by the student).

Einstein would agree with all three - have you seen the photo of his office at Princeton?

We previously featured Musallam in his guest post about the flipped classroom, which is a topic he briefly mentions in this clip below, which he challenges educators not to be fooled by technology that is  "the same dehumanizing chatter just wrapped up in fancy clothing."  In
other words, use it the right way for the right reasons.

-C.J. Westerberg

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