“There’s a certain class of mistakes that all educators can eliminate with conscious effort, and in this post we outline 11 of them. They range from habits of practice to habits of thought, but all of them have one important thing in common: they make your job harder.” Here’s one: via 11 Major Teaching Mistakes to Avoid – InformED :.
Great infographic on the importance of exercise on the brain. In short, exercise: has a positive effect on the brain increases the development of new blood vessels in the brain reduces memory decline (twice-weekly) increases the size of your hippocampus So why is the default position in many classrooms for learning to be seated and sedentary? Why is it that primary-aged children sit on average for 9 hours a day? Jog Your Memory: The Effects of Exercise on the Brain | Michael Hyatt.
Second post in a week on the importance of messiness for creativity: “Last week, at the Yale School of Management’s Art, Mind + Markets conference, Kathleen Vohs, a marketing professor at the University of Minnesota with an extensive psychology background, gave a talk called “Effect of Visual Order on Creativity.” Her main point–which she and her colleagues have demonstrated in experiment after experiment–is that you get a creativity boost when you work in a messy space.” … but we should probably balance this against the importance of an orderly learning environment for learning. http://feeds.inc.com/~r/home/updates/~3/xAk6K3mGflY/story01.htm
I recently ran this workshop: This hands-on workshop looks at the role that ‘serious games’ or computer games with serious messages (and deep connections to the curriculum) can play in raising student engagement and achievement. We will explore a wide range of games and look at the way they can be used with a wide range year levels and learning areas. If you come away with nothing else, seeing how Angry Birds can be used to teach maths and physics is well worth it! [ Interested staff | hands-on workshop… Read more Serious Gaming →
“The series of reports explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation.” via Innovating Pedagogy 2013 | Open University Innovations Report #2.
“There are many theories the best ways to learn new information or a new skillset. But at least some of these theories aren’t as well supported by research as you might think.” via 3 Common Learning Myths Debunked | Inc.com.
“How students think about learning makes a difference in what they’re able to achieve. Groundbreaking research conducted by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck has shown that when students take on a growth mindset – one in which they believe that the brain is malleable, and they can improve at a task with effort – they handle setbacks better and improve academically.” via Debunking the Genius Myth | MindShift.
Think about all the times we’ve met with failure and collapsed. So many of us needed someone to help us along like a personal trainer. If we had had that, we may have been more successful at whatever goal we had failed to meet or had been more resilient in the future. via The Gift of Failure: 50 Tips for Teaching Students How to Fail Well – InformED.