Three principles for learning

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 19, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

My wife, Sheenagh, went to a conference on literacy last week. She’s a primary school teacher and teaches a 1st grade class. One the speakers, David Hornsby, said there were three principles you should keep in mind when helping children to learn.

  • Move from the heart to the head
  • Move from the meaningful to the abstract
  • Move from the known to the unknown

Great principles for any learning initiative at any age.

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  1. Derek says:

    “Move from the heart to the head”
    I’d have thought it’s just as necessary for some kids to go the other way, regularly?

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