Meaningful learning comes from the recognition of the need to integrate new knowledge and skills into one’s daily life.
Heidi Hayes Jacobs wrote, “Schools are launching pads, launching our kids into their futures. Unfortunately, a lot of what we teach now looks identical to what we taught 40, 50, or 60 years ago. There’s a need for both timeless curriculum content and timely content. What seems to be falling by the wayside is timely content.”
Timely content is indeed the foundation of high quality learning. Learners must recognize the need for their new knowledge and skills and the importance of incorporating this learning into their lives. When this occurs, learning truly becomes a launching pad, whether the learner is 5 or 105.