The beauty of time passing is the fun of looking back and seeing just how far we’ve come as a society. Taking time to be retrospective allows us to really appreciate the advancements in society that have shaped who we’ve become. Likewise, it helps us better understand the younger generation as we realize what they know and what they’ve not ever experienced…things like typewriters, programming codes, dial-up internet, etc. Contemplating the old with the new helps us remember where we’ve been and see more clearly where we’re going.
I see learning as a roller coaster ride–fun for some, terrifying for others. This take on learning connects with the Constructivist theory, as students build on their experiences to create learning. As students approach the first big hill of learning, it can seem a bit overwhelming. Some students embrace the challenge while others become anxious. As they take in information, they face the challenge of applying what they’ve learned. They may rely on previous knowledge, or their own real world experiences to construct learning based on what they know. This then affords them a greater self-confidence as they face the next learning challenge. Since their knowledge builds on their prior experiences, they apply this prior knowledge and face the next hurdle with a greater sense of control. As in each visual cartoon, students experience learning together. They reflect on their experiences, share what they’ve learned, and continue the ride.