Knowing vs Doing LO7167

Marion Brady (
Fri, 3 May 1996 17:47:16 -0400 (EDT)

Replying to LO7125 --

Mariann says:
> Now, what I'd like to hear more of, is how you-all think we can
> shift the educational culture, starting in our own classrooms, from the
> passive-learning, learning's-irrelevant-to-doing, boring to the excited
> and active engagement that is such a turn-on. I would like to find better
> ways to ignite self-directed learning - better ways to capture more of the
> students I see and infect them with a sense of their own responsibility
> for learning and the excitement of truly being in charge . . .

In decades of work with students of every level, by far the most
dynamic and useful work I've ever assigned is some variation or
elaboration of this:

"Devise a comprehensive strategy for expanding your understanding of
reality, and apply it to this school at this moment."

It'd take me books (and has) to even begin to trace all the places
this innocuous sounding assignment leads.

Marion Brady



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