Invisible Learning

“Educators do need to talk and listen to each other about the nature of learning itself. It is the essence of their identity.” -Jim Dillon In SmartBlog’s recent series on assessment and testing in education, Jim Dillon wrote a post on “invisible learning.” This term refers to the learning that takes place outside of a well-managed lesson. It’s what students can learn through play and exploration. Dillon clarifies that he doesn’t expect all learning to take this form in a school. Instead, he believes that teachers should acknowledge this learning, encourage it to happen within their classrooms, and then learn from their students on how to develop engaging lessons and spur student creativity.

Dillon’s idea for “invisible learning” came after he realized that he and one of the teachers he coached had very different ideas of the nature of teaching and learning. He happened to be in the teacher’s Kindergarten classroom one day when students had down time to play and explore. The teacher thought Dillon had nothing to observe, while Dillon was eager to see all of the learning taking place outside of a traditional lesson.

Dillon argues for educators to talk about learning and the different forms learning can take. What do you think about “invisible learning?” Let us know in the comments below!

Jim Dillon's full post can be found here.