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Putting Theory into Practice:

Architects Construct Learning

Teachers are architects of the intellect. They design the learning that invites the students in.

Students are the capable apprentices, using the designs to develop their own constructs of knowledge, skills and concepts.

Yet, the designs of these teacher architects are rooted in the works of the masters.

Explore the influence of Dewey on experiential learning models; Piaget on the discovery learning; Vygotsky on the role of social interactions in learning; Fuerstein on mediating learning for transfer, Gardner on his theory of multiple intelligences and Diamond on her work on the brain and the impact of enriched environments. Reflect on these images and think about how these architects have given us the tools for a learner-centered and life-centered curriculum.