Dynamic Skill Development

  • Practice makes permanent: Learning is a process
  • We have to apply ourselves again and again to master a topic
When someone teaches or tells us something, most of us don't automatically "know" it for the rest of our lives. If we want to learn and master something, we have to apply it and "build it up" or make sense of it for ourselves again and again (Fischer, 2002). So, each time we get involved in classroom dialogue, hands-on activities, or projects with classmates/friends/co-workers, we have opportunities to apply and, therefore, construct our knowledge. This is what makes people really smart.

Watch a video about Dynamic Skill Development by the Harvard Professor that helped discover it.