What is Transfer?

“Wisdom is not what we know. It is what we do with what we know.” (Wiggins and McTighe. Put Understanding First. Ed Leadership. May 2008.)

For Judy Willis, M.D. M.Ed., transfer happens when you use your knowledge in order to become wise. In other words, when you activate neural memory networks of information and apply them to new concepts and situations. This process increases successful predictions and results in better social, emotional or cognitive decision making, better problem solving skills and more creative innovations – all these qualities employers are looking for nowadays when they invite people into their offices to apply for the vacant positions they have.

The skill to transfer knowledge to new situations and concepts, thus, is a very valuable one that all of our students should have the chance to learn in school.