Engaging students

Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 09:52:14

OK, so there are potentially cognitive thresholds which inhibit the progression of (willing!) students in their learning. Sandy Gilkes went on to suggest four primary areas that engage students and assist in their learning (and I quote):

Telling
-that they are recognised
-what “learning” is
-what you expect of them
-how they are doing

Seeing
-critical writing looks like this
-reflective writing looks like this
-an argument looks like this
-a dissertation looks like this

Thinking
-models of reflection
-prompt questions for reflection
-prompt questions for evaluation
-assessment feedback

Doing
-vehicles for practice
-exercises/own work
-tools to develop skills
-open learning resources

Sandy finished with a very nice quote from Pestalozzi (1746-1827):

“Education is the development of an innate power, the formation of an abiding habit, that constitutes its true value.”

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