Go on, ask yourself, ask other teachers, ask some students: what is learning? It’s a pretty big question isn’t it? One that I might have felt hopelessly unequal to answering before reading Graham Nuthall‘s The Hidden Lives of Learners.
Nuthall tells us that despite the fact that everyone goes through essentially the same learning process and that we can dismiss Learning Styles as bunk, background knowledge, experiences, interests and motivations can be wildly different. Learning is making connections between all this stuff which kids bring to the classroom with what they encounter in the classroom. Because of this diversity of