This week for CEP 812 we read specific chapters from The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students through Digital Learning written by James Paul Gee. During our reading we were asked to focus on a limitation that could prevent humans from solving big, complex problems smartly. As an educator I related the most with chapter 2 which discussed the smart way to approach learning new topics and problem solving.
The conditions Gee (2013) mentions include:
1. Having a mentor
2. Lots of prior experience
3. Making clear goals
4. Something mattering to us emotionally
5. Having opportunity to act in a way that elicits a meaningful response from the world
(Short-circuiting, para. 15)
It’s important to support a student’s ability to independently problem solve both in and out of the classroom. Using Gee’s conditions allows students to explore their world and become smart, effective problem solvers.
Want to find out more about smart learning and problem solving? You can read my full essay here.
Gee, J. P. (2013). The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students through Digital Learning. [Kindle]. Retrieved from http://amazon.com.