Hi there tout la gang,

We don't have much to say about research in practice at the Café right now

but we are talking policy and practice over here now: Literacy Enquirers.

Friday, January 30, 2009

what did you learn?

Here are the program response recommendations from the Canadian Council on Learning as stated in their report Reading the Future (page 52). Click the graphic to see it full size :P

Here are the "Best Practice" program responses to each market segment from DataAngel as stated in their report Addressing Canada's Literacy Challenge: A Cost/ Benefit Analysis (page 37). As above.

And here is the trailer from Entre les murs (The Class):

Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood. Directed by Laurent Cantet.

This film shows learning the way everybody who has ever tried to help anybody learn anything understands it. It shows how learning does not happen by tick boxes, charts, timelines and goalsetting. It shows how learning is chaotic, free-ranging, exasperating and energizing;
  • that 17 'teachable moments' fly past every minute and no-one can catch them all;
  • that the moments when a teacher and student find a way to communicate authentically are transcendent but often fleeting; 
  • that when students can control the context, process and content, learning is meaningful and deep; 
  • that everything matters forever; and 
  • that the most difficult thing to do is to say what you learned at the end of it all.

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