Whereas repetition plus reward leads to automatic, effortless habits, repetition plus goals for improvement plus feedback generates a different benefit: ever-improving expertise. If you do your homework in the same place and at the same time, day after day, studying will become a habit. If you also look for ways to improve your efficiency, and monitor how your new techniques are or aren’t working, you’ll also get better at studying.
It seems like these essential underpinnings of learning are becoming more “mainstream” in the conversation about learning and education reform. Alas, it’ll take a long time for it to translate into actual classroom practices, because the keys for success are low student-teacher ratio and a true emphasis on the granular steps of learning; as in, if you miss one, the foundation is less solid. This is what Queens Paideia School has been talking about for ten years, and it’s what QPS founder Dr. Francis Mechner has been writing about and implementing in various settings for almost 50 years!