Message to educators
LEARNING CONNECT consists of a wide range of instructional support tools to teach students how to become skilled in approaching and managing their own learning challenges. Research shows that as many as 85 to 90 percent of learning difficulties in the classroom are due to poor underlying learning and processing skills. Therefore, it is apparent that many students are struggling in developing the many strategies necessary for approaching learning successfully on their own. However, research experts now claim that after more than 20 years of educational research in strategy instruction, it is quite evident what strategies can work in the classroom to increase student achievement. However, knowing how to infuse a wide array of research into classroom practice is the most overreaching frustrating task for educators.
LEARNING CONNECT provides a consistent, systematic process for embedding researched-based instructional strategies into the classroom. It equips the classroom with the tools to transform passive learners into active learners in an individual, partner, small group or class setting. With Learning Connect, students will take on a greater responsibility and a larger role in learning successful strategies and facilitating their own learning.
Learning Connect Updates: Learning Connect has provided a preview of the upcoming tools to be available in the future. They are listed below:
PROJECT MANAGEMENT TOOLS – A series of tools ranging from establishing leadership roles and project goals, to creating project action plans and stakeholder presentations.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP TOOLS – A series of tools for students to begin their journey of constructing their own personal Small Business Portfolio, brick by brick, as a pre-requisite to an actual business plan.
CAREER TOOLS – Five Year Time Capsule to establishing career goals is available. Tools for Job Interviewing and Workplace Success are in the future.
WRITING TEMPLATE TOOLS – A series of current writing templates are available from pre-writing planning, opinion writing to storytelling and technical writing.
All these drafts will be continually modified, eventually published and aligned with Alexa to ensure successful implementation in the classroom. Any current classroom implementation and feedback from a classroom experience would be appreciated.
Learning is defined as . . .
“Learning is also due to input to the brain. Sensory information (e.g., aural, visual, and tactile information) enters the brain along multiple nerve receptors. Sensory input causes axons to react by budding, branching, and reaching out to other neurons, thus, leading to the development of new connections in the brain. If the information is novel, the brain needs to develop these budding new pathways. It is when an axon grows and meets up with another neuron that learning occurs. — Cercone, 2006.