How to Learn

I posted this photo to Instagram about a month ago:
This is a display I put up on my white board called "How to Learn." I can't claim the idea; I originally found it here. These are the reasons why I love this board:

  • It's a visual that shows students that learning is a process. Many times along the path of learning, we make mistakes, and it's completely normal to make mistakes. 
  • The arrows show the "backing up" when mistakes are made. Students need to figure out what went wrong and then fix those mistakes. 
  • I love the "get help" piece. It shows students that it's perfectly OK to get help from me or even another student; it doesn't mean that they're not smart. 
  • It shows that mistakes can be made multiple times during learning process, because the pieces and arrows are arranged in a circle.

If you'd like a copy, you can find it here in Google Docs or here in Drop Box. I've been told that the Google Doc file isn't always downloading, so if you're having that trouble, try the Drop Box. In the file I included this version in the photo, plus a smaller version. The one in the photo has scalloped circles, so you can imagine how long it took me to cut them all out...... So the smaller version has squares instead of circles to make it faster for you to cut :)



  1. I pinned this a bit ago. I think it is such a great thing to teach kids and ties into work my class has been doing with perseverance.
    Chickadee Jubilee

  2. Neither of these links are working for me? I would love to be able to get these! They are exactly what I've been looking for!


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