Where does learning take place at your school?
Simple question with tons of answers. Every single person working at school has an answer. In the playground, during recess, in engaging classrooms, in groups, etc., etc. Martin Skelton has a one word unquestionable, irrefutable answer: In our BRAIN!
Yes, learning happens in our brain! Learning is a cognitive process. All the other answers are the factors that affect learning. There are two processes that are essential: 1. growing our brain and 2. making faster connections in our brain.
How do we grow our brain?
We are wired to run efficiently, to save energy, and the organ that consumes the most energy is our brain. Therefore it resources the energy in three different ways.
So, what is learning?
According to Martin Skelton: “Learning is the hard-wiring of getting better through the experience of appropriate, repeated new and consolidating experience that enable us to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in different ways and under different periods of time”.
Let’s break this definition down into manageable pieces.
Martin Skelton has been a principal, curriculum designer, writer, presenter, director of a large group of schools and consultant to companies and schools around the world. His work inspired the 'Looking for Learning AASSA' conference in April 2016 in Lima, Peru.
AASSA Asociation of American Schools in South America