Learning from a Book
Cross posted to Langwitches Blog
You must have noticed that I have been reading and re-reading “Curriculum 21” by Heidi Hayes Jacobs. I have posted my first impressions and recommendation here and since then have joined and written about the companion Ning to the book here. I created a Flickr Curriculum 21 group to have a hub for images and videos of Curriculum21 teaching and learning examples.
I was inspired by quotes from the book to write the following blog posts Geography is a Separate Subject. Really? and “It Isn’t the Answer Anymore, It is the Question”.
Curriculum 21 is a book that is just FULL of information, ideas, thoughts, research, recommendations and exactly about the change in education, life, skills, literacies, and global competencies I am contemplating and working for.
Unfortunately, the book is not available as a Kindle Edition, which means, I am relying on sticky notes and highlighters as a way to make the rows and rows of text more appealing to my visual eye as well as a way to find passages and quotes more quickly later on.
I am conducting an experiment about my own learning style. How can I read this book and best:
- filter out the information that I want to keep?
- make connections to my previous thoughts, ideas and blog posts?
- remember quotes from different chapters?
- make the text content more visual for my brain?
I am eager to find out:
- Will I be able to learn about the content of the book differently/better/easier/?
- Will I be able to “see” connections that with the text alone I did not?
- Will the process of looking for and selecting the right image that will represent the quote make me think “deeper” about what the quote us trying to say?
- Will the sum of the quotes I selected from the book tell a story in itself?
I wonder how my personal experiment will turn out… but in the meantime, please take the time to share:
- How do you learn best from a book?
- Highlighting, taking notes, talking/discussing it with someone ?
- Do my visuals help you visualize what Curriculum21 is about?
- Do the slides do nothing for you?
- Do the visuals give you a different point of view, than when you were reading the text alone?
- Are you interested in reading Curriculum 21 (if you have not done so) because of the visual “Preview”?
- What opportunities do you give your students to learn from a a book?