In England, some students will be learning about history this year by studying 100 objects from the British Museum. How incredible is that? Talk about making history come alive. Also, check out what French teacher Angela Phillips is doing in South Carolina to connect her students with peers abroad!
For me, rehearsing jazz music or theater was my most authentic learning in high school. Knowing how much those experiences meant to me, I heartily celebrate the authenticity of these other programs. Nevertheless, I feel some disequilibrium with authentic learning. Sometimes it’s difficult to connect this concept to learning mathematics.
Another approach to authentic learning is to rally around the ways in which a discipline is studied. What processes do authors use? Scientists? Mathematicians? For example, we can learn a lot of mathematics by making conjectures, searching for proof, and applying what we learn to solve problems.