Reciprocal Learning

Posted: June 11, 2013 in Uncategorized
English: Adora Svitak speaking at The UP Exper...

English: Adora Svitak speaking at The UP Experience 2010 in October 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Educators in the past have generally pushed information to their students in lecture based formats, failing to maintain the attention of their audience and provoking mind-numbing boredom in many students. Many teachers today have come to realize that the students themselves have a vast amount of quality information to offer the class and the teacher, which ultimately enhances the learning experience for everyone in the classroom.  Allowing students to apply their own innovative thinking to solving problem sets offers insight to others that may generate new ideas for curriculum development, inspire another student to take interest in a topic, or facilitate valuable discussion among the group.  Child prodigy Adora Svitak provides insight on reciprocal learning in her TED presentation “What Adults Can Learn from Children.” http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-adults-can-learn-from-kids-adora-svitak  Ms. Svitak’s presentation was an outstanding reminder to all adults that children have fantastic ideas, usually dismissed by adults who lost the imaginative outlook on problem solving. We continue to REMIND the collaborative work effort to “think outside the box”. Kids do it every day, and when we listen we can certainly learn a tremendous amount.

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