This summer, I will be taking a break now-and-then from blogging to both take some R & R and to also finish-up our next book on teaching English Language Learners.
During those short breaks, I’ll be re-posting some of my favorite posts of 2017 so far.
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I worked with Education Week to create an animated video on the topic of transfer of learning, which you can find at the bottom of this post.
I’ve written a lot about transfer, including devoting a chapter in one of my books to the topic (see an excerpt from that chapter published by The Washington Post, The real stuff of schooling: How to teach students to apply knowledge) and publishing a popular “Best” list – The Best Resources For Learning About The Concept Of “Transfer” — Help Me Find More.
In my book I give credit to the late Grant Wiggins for an example of how to promote transfer through generalizing. He used the example of students learning about the qualities of a successful social movement from analyzing the women’s movement. I also use that example in the video but, because of a miscommunication, credit to him , unfortunately, doesn’t appear. You can see links to several articles by him on the topic at my “Best” list.
Here’s the video: