Hello and Welcome to the #ExtendEast-ers – the @ontarioextend Extend East Cohort – as you begin exploring the Teacher for Learning module. I cannot wat to see what you do for, and with, the activities.
You might be wondering (as those who have gone before you have wondered) why a module about Teacher for Learning? Why else do we teach but for learning? Yet, I am sure we can all find examples of accepted teaching practices that appear to be disconnected from research evidence about what enables learning.
This module is intended to be a starting point for individual reflection about how we learn and for conversations, among colleagues and with students, about what we should know/think/do to ensure that we design and enable effective learning environments – that we teach for learning. The seven topics of the module are based on the seven research based principles of learning published by Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, and Marie K. Norman, in their book How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. In the module the principles are briefly discussed and there are suggestions for some specific strategies and activities related to the concepts of the principles.
As you read the information in the module and engage with the activities think about:
What are you doing in your classes?
Why are you doing it?
Are your teaching activities and strategies effective? If yes, how do you know? If no, why not?
Based on the research how might you do something that you currently do more effectively, or in a different way?
Enjoy this module, tweet and share what you do for the Extend activities, send a thank you and shout out to @Giuliaforsythe for all the time she spent creating the module and for her fabulous drawings.
P.S – one of your cohortians @Gregrodrigo has created some amazing mindmaps for each of these principles – ask him about them 😊.