The Lost Tools Of Learning

we let our young men and women go out unarmed, in a day when armor was never so necessary. By teaching them all to read, we have left them at the mercy of the printed word. By the invention of the film and the radio, we have made certain that no aversion to reading shall secure them from the incessant battery of words, words, words.

Students making games to help them learn

This, from link: EdTech Toolbox, is really exciting.

I had a student approach me today with a game that he has based around the unit of work that we are studying. Each of the students negotiate their own research based on their understanding of the concepts covered by the unit.

Co-operative Learning

This page on cooperative Learning has lots of good ideas for groupwork activities that would work in a classroom

This one caught my eye as something to try for maths but there are plenty of others.

7. Team Pair Solo (Kagan)- Students do problems first as a team, then with a partner, and finally on their own.

Bad fonts = Good learning

While certain fonts may be harder to read, researchers at Princeton and Indiana University have found that they may, in fact, improve your ability to remember facts. In a study of 200 students, they discovered that making things harder to read—whether that meant using fonts like Comic Sans and Bodoni MT or using bad photocopies—actually increased test scores, without any complaints from the students.

The Importance of Stupidity

Love this …

One of the beautiful things about science is that it allows us to bumble along, getting it wrong time after time, and feel perfectly fine as long as we learn something each time. No doubt, this can be difficult for students who are accustomed to getting the answers right.

The Skills, Rules, Knowledge Framework

The Skills, Rules, Knowledge was developed by Rasmussen (1983) to help designers combine information requirements for a system and aspects of human cognition. It outlines 3 main levels that information is absorbed by humans and acted upon.

The below outline is from :

Skill-based level

A skill-based behaviour represents a type of behaviour that requires very little or no conscious control to perform or execute an action once an intention is formed; also known as a sensorimotor behaviour.

Why one should thank students

This is beautifully put, I think. An old Chinese teacher explained to Richard Gerver why he taught in such a calm, cheerful way. The answer was:

“Every day, I stand in front of these young people, their faces full of expectation and hope, their energy radiating across the stale air of this room, and as I look across at them, I think to myself, somewhere in this room could be the person who finds the cure for cancer, the solution to world peace, could be the person who writes the next great symphony that moves mankind.