Have you ever been asked to give a speech? Did it make you shudder with anxiety? I might be one of the few crazy people out there who loves public speaking. I know, however, that most people don't.
Why is it that someone can have a conversation with me one-on-one, and can share all sorts of facts and opinions and ideas, but when they get in front of a crowd they don't seem to know anything at all?
Why is it that in some contexts we can perform certain skills, but in other contexts these skills evade us?
This issue is caused by a breakdown in the transfer of learning. And this idea, knowledge transfer, is the K in our ABCs of SPED blog series!
So what is Knowledge Transfer, as it relates to education? It's the ability to apply acquired knowledge and learned skills to new situations or contexts.
And it's one of the ultimate goals of our educational system! After all, is it any good if a student can label coins on a worksheet but can't count out the correct change at the grocery store?
Knowledge transfer, or transfer of learning, is what allows students to put the skills they learned in the classroom into practice in other subjects, and more importantly, in the real world.
So how do we encourage transfer of learning for our students? Here are a few ideas:
Have you ever thought about how to help your student(s) transfer their knowledge and skills from one context to the next? If so, I'd love to hear your strategies! Jump on over to our Facebook group to share!