Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Digest of first days on the BTT course - Part 3

Wednesday, July 29th

Teacher training procedures: demonstration, loop input, try-in-safety, marketplace, problem solving, lecture, carousel, case study

Matching types of procedures with the description of an example use

Variations on the lecture

From left to right: Sona (Armenia), Armanda (Romania), Wei (China) and myself

An activity on ways of eliciting feedback
Plenary talk with Martin Parrott

Martin Parrott's talk "Learner preferences and affective learning" delt with the factors towards effective learning. According to his research, although affective factors are important, cognitive ones are key. In a questionnarie he gave to his students, cognitive factors got higher scores than affective ones:

Of the five factors students rated as LEAST important, four are affective! (10, 11, 14, 15)

Of the top eight factors, five are cognitive (2, 3, 6, 9, 12). Nr 8 could be both affective and cognitive.

In the questionnaire, the last item was "What else helps you to learn?". Most of Parrott's students wrote: "A teacher who is...", and these three characteristics appeared over and over again :-)

"What else helps you to learn?"

Later that day I learnt the basic rules of the game of croquet. I found out I was quite good at it, actually!

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