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Tips for Teachers newsletter #6
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💡 A quick tip to try in class this week 💡
Asking students to discuss something with their partner is a common means of participation in class. But following that discussion, which pairs do you pick to share their thoughts?
One option is to pick pairs at random, or choose based on the snippets of conversation you heard as you walked around the room. However, you could be more strategic. Here are three of my favourite questions to ask:
Put your hand up if you disagree with the answer of your partner
Put your hand up if you changed your mind during your discussion
Put your hand up if your partner said something you found interesting
I find this leads to the most interesting discussions, and also gives you a better indication of students' understanding.
What would you need to change to make this tip work for you?
When could you try it for the first time?
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📺 A video to discuss with a colleague 📺
There's been a lot of chat on Twitter about mini-whiteboards (again!), so let's return to the brilliant Adam Boxer describing his mini-whiteboard routine.
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👂 A podcast episode to listen to on your way home 👂
Learning design expert, Sarah Cottigham, shares her five tips:
Use tips when they act as solutions to problems you face
Always build from what they know
Beware the curse of knowledge
Use research on learning not as a prescription but as a compass
Retrieval practice is worth investing time to understand and use
Listen to the podcast here.
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