What are the importance of inquiry and questioning in your discipline?
How do/can you nurture student passion in your classroom?
The process of formalizing all knowledge to the exclusion of any tacit knowledge is self-defeating.
To engage students in the mundane is a constant challenge for educators. The plethora of content we teach does not elicit excitement on its own. As a groan of “Not again!” rings out from children as the teacher announces it is time to practice cursive or learn their multiplication facts. However, after the mundane is learned and practiced, using these skills become tacit knowledge and are useful throughout the child’s life. Tacit knowledge continues to grow throughout the child’s experiences while attending school.
To help with the humdrum I use online games to reinforce skills taught instead of just worksheets. Students will work in groups or teams on a website or app in order to practice a new skill. As students work in teams or take turns they share their knowledge and strategies with one another. While reading over the chapter this week I related to the statement about when people engage in the process of asking questions tacit dimension of knowledge tends to be activated. While I observe students interacting a student will answer a question of how did you get that answer with a response of “I just knew it.” They cannot tell you the steps of how they got there. They have the knack for the skill. Students who do not have the skill have to be explicitly taught.
This leads me into a thought about explicit and tacit knowledge. (I am going a little off track here) Most students learn how to read, write, and perform mathematics skills with no problems. They just absorb the teaching and start to apply the academic skill. You ask these students the details of say parts of speech and how a sentence or paragraph go together and they will say I just know. They can’t explain gerund and participles. They just write so it sounds right when they read it. Students who do not get the wonderful benefit of absorbing the teaching have to be taught explicitly. The rules and details of a skill are scaffold carefully when being taught in order for students to learn how to apply them. Students use the rules and steps that were taught in order to apply the academic skills. Just a thought to ponder. What do you think?
One of my goals this year is to is to have students engaged in more discussion about their learning. The Kagan training I took does help with structuring that environment. After reading this chapter and some research, I am more committed to the task. I watched a handful of videos and read a couple of short articles about how tacit knowledge is the new skill sought be employers. This is because explicit knowledge can be easily looked up on the internet or book. Tacit knowledge is internal and someone just knows. These skills are the ones that will stand you apart from another. I have added a couple of the videos I watched.
Capturing Tacit Knowledge
Transferring tacit to explicit
value of tacit knowledge in todays work place