Scientific understanding of the influence of emotions on thinking and learning has undergone a major transformation in recent years. It is literally neurobiologically impossible to build memories, engage complex thoughts, or make meaningful decisions without emotion. Put succinctly, we only think about things we care about. This insight has important implications for education and pedagogy.
Never underestimate the power of visualisation. A growing body of evidence shows that mental imagery can accelerate learning and improve performance of all sorts of skills. But some people can’t conjure up mental images. Neurologists refer to this as “aphantasia” and they believe it affects approximately 2% of the population, or one in 50 people. But we’re only beginning to understand the impact that aphantasia might have on education.
Many classrooms today consist of teachers correcting students in an attempt to teach them the “right” answer. But when teachers focus on students’ wrong answers the amount of meaningful learning occurring in the classroom multiplies. Focusing on the wrong answers may seem counter-intuitive to many, but doing so helps teachers understand the disconnect between the right answer and students’ common misconceptions.
As collaboration and project-based learning (PBL) become preeminent ways of teaching and learning, many teachers struggle with how to evaluate these types of lessons. Traditional methods of evaluation are not well-suited for interdisciplinary, multi-modal learning. Because PBL is about more than learning content, PBL teachers should investigate and experiment with multi-model strategies for assessing their students' learning. Here are some strategies and recommendations.
Action to improve the mental health of teachers is certainly needed: worries about teacher workload has seen 67% of teachers state that their job had adversely impacted their mental or physical health, according to a recent survey. To ensure students’ well being, teachers need to feel confident about their own – so here are some mood-boosting tips.
Peer review allows students to receive more feedback and engage more frequently in the content they are learning. But most of the times, students end up broadly praising a peer’s work and providing surface-level edits or vague recommendations. Why does this happen? How can you tackle this problem? Here is how to prepare students for peer review.
Colleges, universities, and workplaces across the country are perplexed by the younger generation entering their classrooms and offices - a generation often referred to as "Millennials." . To better understand younger students and workers, use a design thinking approach to engage in empathy and make deeper connections across generations.
Friendships with academics may play an important role in building non-traditional learners’ confidence and shaping future aspirations, academics have found. But friendships between scholars and students can raise ethical issues. Today, the explosive growth of social media has added another dimension to the issue, as students now rely on social media to contact their teachers. But are those relationships always problematic? Nina Kelly navigates the boundaries.
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