Today in MAET we did a super fast teachmeet-like exercise where groups of us investigated varying topics that we have covered this summer. My colleague Alicia and I chose to focus on practice, which quickly grew to encompass feedback and reflection. Here is our thinking after an hour of collaboration. As you can see, the design process is messy and a bit scattered, but Alicia rightly thought it was important to model the skill of getting ideas shared so they become available for feedback and collaboration.
BY: Joy Zaher & Alicia Sansing
Practice: the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method reproduced over time as opposed to theories relating to it.
Feedback: information about reactions to a product, a person’s performance of a task, etc. which is used as a basis for improvement.
Reflection: 1) serious thought or consideration. 2) a thing that is a consequence of or arises from something else.
Why reinvent the wheel? We borrowed and remixed ideas from Dan Meyer (math guy) who has an awesome blog post about changing teaching by modelling it after Angry Birds. Not only does this method work with students but it will also work with educators as we think about our own practice and the ways that we need to make it more obtainable to our learners, peers and leaders. Following are ideas that we can use as professionals and educators.
-start with something they already know how to do, and get them doing it
Don’t over plan- frontload, don’t plan the outcome
- Show, don’t tell.
- Wider audience, outside of the classroom, show your work with a blog, website and/or online portfolio w/reflective blog
- Give useful and immediate feedback.
- Great ideas for how to give feedback to students & teach them how to do it http://www.teachthought.com/learning/20-ways-to-provide-effective-feedback-for-learning/
- Use alternative due dates for different classes
- Give student work back at the beginning of class to allow time for questions
- Organize student-led conferences
- Make it easy to recover from failure.
- Model with video, feedback
- Having a mentor
- Ask students for feedback rather than constantly providing them with feedback
- Complicate the task gradually.
why reinvent the wheel- borrow, remix, reuse (i.e. use yesterday’s exit ticket as a warm up for today)
- Allow/encourage/require test corrections
- Great suggestions for what teachers can do to allow students to take more responsibility fo their own learning https://whatedsaid.wordpress.com/2010/06/29/10-ways-to-encourage-students-to-take-responsibility-for-their-own-learning/
Helpful information about methods of practice
- A really helpful blog post about practicing an instrument, though much of this information could transfer across disciplines http://www.hornsociety.org/publications/hornzone/578-effective-practice-strategies