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Compartmentalized Learning

Konrad Glogowski, from the blog of proximal development, is blogging about blogging—in his classroom. The high school teacher had his students keep track of their yearlong research projects on individual blogs and, at the end of the year, requested they take time from calculating their grades to tell him what they learned. Although many of his students felt strongly about their topics and enjoyed the blogging experience, most planned to stop researching once the school year was over. This is why he says June is the cruellest month.

This is what happens when we compartmentalize learning into neat chunks. There’s nothing that’s stopping Chloe from continuing her research.... Unfortunately, the one thing that school taught her very well is that learning ends in June, that it is organized into neat units, and that weeks and months of learning can be reduced to a single test or exam.
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