An exercise in learning how we learn to understand

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An exercise in learning how we learn to understand

Project Zero Classroom

Summer School on


1998 – 2007


Understanding : making it visible in your own learning

What do you understand really well?

How did you come to that understanding?

How do you know you understand it?


What do I understand really well?

My wifeMy studentsPlaying drumsMy studentsShoppingWhiskeyMoneyProblem solvingManagementTeach technophobic teachersCollaborationMental models

English foreign language

My job: school to school connection

How to make thinking visible




How to work in collaboration

Make food

My family

My dog

Simple maths


How did I develop that understanding?

ExperienceBeing one myself i.e. student; questioning, talking formally and informallyListening to records, practiceDo it in my teachingOver many yearsRepetition and observation






Failing heroically; making mistakes

Reading about it

Listening to elders


Patience; passion; endurance


How do I know I understand my chosen topic?

Comfortable working with other musicians, can play togetherTreated as an expert; asked for recommendationsSatisfied with my situationFeedbackRelationshipLove it! Want to learn more.Reaching levels of automaticityWhen I can apply what I understand to others and they can understand

Results- outputs, spin offs, empowerment of others

Can take a mental model of the situation and operate in another

Through the actions of those impacted

Paid money; treated as expert


Implications for your teaching/learning?

Name the partsFocus on teaching and learning; combine theory and practiceActive processInformal and formal ways of learningHow to get them active


Implications for student learning?




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