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Issue 104: Effective teaching Active Learning
February 2019

This month: Thoughts about Active Learning

Article: First Kiss
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This Month's Article:

Active Learning and the First Kiss

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Active Learning and the First Kiss A short Article exploring one aspect of Active Learning - the activation of memory.

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Categories: Article, Meta Cognition, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Active Learning Learning

First memory? Emotionally significant? Powerful? You remember where you were; what happened; how it felt. Or at least you remember remembering.

First lecture? Emotionally significant? Powerful? You remember where you were; what it was about; the lecturer’s clothes. Really?

First film you ever saw at the cinema? Emotionally significant? Powerful? You remember the cinema, the film, the story?

First day of school…first this first that first other. What do we learn from firsts? And what have they got to do with Active Learning?

Our firsts, our lasts and our interesting-in-betweens are memorable because they are different; they involve a significant change. A first is a change from not having/being/doing to having/being/doing. When you start something there’s a change, a difference; when you end it there’s another change; something weird in the middle is a change as well. Change is difference; difference is noticeable; noticeable is engaging; and if you are engaged you are active. Firsts, lasts and interesting get your brain involved.

Active means involved – like you were with your first kiss. You noticed that, right? Remembered it? Learned it. Replayed it.

In formal learning, you're active when you have control, ownership, when you can affect things. Sitting and listening to someone else’s choice of topic delivered in someone else’s style is not active. You make it active by acting: by walking out to go and find your own curriculum presented in a way that suits you more.

Passive is great for the teacher. Bad for the student.

Going active with learning is a risk. You have to trust your students to act well; act in their best interests; act for their learning’s sake. Much easier to control them than share the ownership.

Why don’t we do active learning? Top 3 answers:

  1. We don’t know what it is and why it’s better than what we do now.
  2. We’re scared we won’t cover the curriculum.
  3. We don’t trust our students to share ownership of the learning with us.

And the top 3 reasons why we should do active learning:

  1. Students deserve it – their future demands it of them.
  2. Research justifies it.
  3. It’s more satisfying for everyone.

And finally, 3 ways to do active learning:

  1. Ask students about really effective lessons (and do more).
  2. Ask students to prove to you that they've learned. Challenge them. Push them.
  3. Make students accountable for their success. It’s up to them, not you.
  4. Embed the unexpected and the surprising. Plan in firsts, lasts and interestings.

New Resources:

Active Learning

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Active Learning A Thinking Skills Tool for understanding and applying active learning.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Meta Cognition, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Active Learning Learning
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Active Learning PowerPoint

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Active Learning PowerPoint A Thinking Tool Template in PowerPoint to support use of the Active Learning Thinking Tool.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Meta Cognition, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Active Learning Learning
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Learning Think Sheet

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Learning Think Sheet A Think Sheet to help students think deeply about learning and to develop a personal symbol for it.

Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Active Learning Learning
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Thinking Cubes / Assessment Cubes

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Thinking Cubes / Assessment Cubes A Product, 3 foam cubes with a different written prompt printed on each face. Throw/roll them individually or together to get 216 different combinations: 216 ready-made plenary activities.

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Categories: Other Resources, Assessment, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Bloom's Taxonomy Assessment AfL Thinking Cubes/Dice

 

Multiple Intelligences in Practice
by Mike Fleetham

Multiple Intelligences in Practice<br>by Mike Fleetham Book giving a clear introduction to multiple intelligences for all age groups. Addresses differentiation, inclusion, engagement and personalised learning through a single coherent philosophy. Gives you concrete examples and case studies of MI in school and shows how MI principles can help you improve the quality of teaching and learning.

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Categories: Book & EBook, Multiple Intelligences, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Multiple Intelligences CPD

 

Multiple Intelligences - Pocket Pal
by Mike Fleetham

Multiple Intelligences - Pocket Pal <br> by Mike Fleetham A Book that provides an introduction to the theory of Multiple Intelligences and demonstrates the benefits of using this tool for teaching learners of all ages. Multiple Intelligences (MI) is a powerful tool for enriching your teaching and developing your learners' talents. The book also shows how easily MI can be included in your teaching.


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Autonomous Learning

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Autonomous Learning An Article to get you thinking about autonomous learning plus a debate activity to help your students think about how it might work for them.

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Categories: Article, Learning Styles, All Ages

Tags: Autonomy Independent Learning

Challenge 10 Toolkit

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Challenge 10 Toolkit An Article introducing Thinking Classroom's Challenge 10 Toolkit - theory, practice, rationale and impact.

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Categories: Article, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Hattie Marzano EEF Effective Practice

KEY IDEAS ABOUT SKILLS BASED LEARNING

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KEY IDEAS ABOUT SKILLS BASED LEARNING An Article introducing Skills-Based Learning.

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Categories: Article, Skills-Based Learning, Other Subject, Educators

Tags: Learning Skills Thinking Skills Skills

 

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