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Learning: It’s All About the Connections

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I’ve written about connections before in It’s All About Connection.

Today, though, I was thinking about all of the connections important for learning. Connection has a lot of meanings and connotations:


Here are some of the connections I thought of that can/should be part of both formal and informal education:

it's about connections

In fact, I have come to believe that connection and all of its implications is one of the most important concepts in understanding, engaging in, and facilitating powerful learning experiences.

Written by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

June 1, 2015 at 12:35 am

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  1. Like the idea that education is about connections. Thinking that there are gradations of connections and that a fundamental difference is impersonal connection and personal connection. Must give some more thought to the philosophy of that. Enjoyed the breadth of connections here in the post.


    June 1, 2015 at 1:53 am

  2. Great stuff – thanks Jackie.


    June 1, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    • Thanks, Ron!

      Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

      June 1, 2015 at 12:33 pm

  3. Jackie,

    I think this is brilliant:))

    Sylvia Guinan

    June 1, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    • Thanks, Sylvia – you made my day!!

      Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

      June 1, 2015 at 6:43 pm

  4. What a great piece – ought to be considered / discussed / internalized in every PLC!!!


    June 1, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    • Wow – quite the compliment – thanks!

      Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

      June 1, 2015 at 8:07 pm

  5. These connection intentions are all great means to making meaning, but they are insufficient. It’s about about the resulting conceptual “construction” that can come about by these connections, that makes the “meaning/understanding.”


    August 10, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    • These are elementary students. What concepts are they supposed to make? My goal is to have them learn about one another, learn how to listen to one another, how to work with one another as to set the climate for the rest of the school.

      Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

      August 11, 2016 at 2:25 am

  6. I love this diagram- I used it to describe my teaching philosophy when looking for new work. I would add that a further connection is connection to the environment (natural and built spaces) that I am reading about in The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain by Annie Murphy Paul. You only have to take a class of kids outside for a lesson to see how much their learning is impacted (and not just for ‘nature studies).

    Ollie Escott

    June 17, 2021 at 12:58 am

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