Digest #137: Lessons Learned From Learning Scientists Teacher Workshops
In the beginning of January, we were on tour in England to provide workshops to teachers. We enjoyed this opportunity tremendously because it gave us not only an opportunity to reach out to teachers and to disseminate knowledge about learning and teaching strategies from Cognitive Psychology, but also allowed us to learn what strategies teachers are currently using in their classrooms. Furthermore, we had engaging Q&A sessions with quite hard questions from the audience. We did our best to provide answers, but in many cases it became apparent that research is still a long way from addressing all important practical questions and that further research is needed to close knowledge gaps. This was an exciting experience. In today’s weekly digest we want to take the opportunity to, first of all, thank all teachers in the audience of our workshops for their input and questions: Thank You! Second of all, we would like to highlight blog posts by teachers who took the time to write a reflection on the lessons they learned from our workshops. Enjoy!
*Header image by Mark Miller (@MarkMillerTeach)
In this post, the key ideas from our workshop are connected improving leadership skills. This is an interesting perspective because it integrates main findings in cognitive psychology to practical decisions that senior leaders face – and maybe an understanding on how the human mind works can help new senior leaders develop.
This post is structured around six lightbulb moments that the author had during the workshop. Spoiler alert: Most of them map nicely onto the six strategies. In her description the author provides useful hands-on implementation ideas.
3) Discovering Some Cognitive Psychology by Dr. McCormick
This is a reflection of the learning strategies on the background of teaching experience. It provides a personal evaluation of the strategies and ignites further thought and ideas.
This is a quick walk-though of all strategies presented during the workshop. This post outlines the main idea and key principle of each strategy as well as examples that make them clearer to a new audience.
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