Why students don’t learn what we think we teach
This is a great talk given by Robert Duke on leveraging learning theory to design more effective instruction. He makes some interesting points on creating enduring understanding in our students, and how to shift from a focus on teaching to one of learning. He speaks about teaching the higher-order skills initially in lieu of teaching all the background information first.
He refers to his favorite statement on how he approaches his practice early in the lecture and describes how it guides his teaching practice – “A vision of students as accomplished learners”. He asks the question, “What do I want my students to be like at the end of the course?”