Thursday, March 17, 2011
What do you look for?
Recently I heard Marcia Tate, brain based learning author and speaker, describe the five practices every administrator should see when walking into a classroom. They include:
The research tells us that the person talking is doing the most learning
The research tells us that moving activates muscle memory and procedural memory
Students making connections with their learning
Some brain based learning strategies that help students make connections include: writing, the use of storytelling, using visuals, role playing, games, using technology and listening (or creating) to music.
Classrooms that are imbued with humour and build students' confidence increases learning. In addition, teachers that are passionate and show enthusiasm create a climate conducive for learning.
Students do better when they understand the learning goals for the lesson and when they can relate to the lesson on a personal level.
Listening to this presentation has caused me to revisit what I look for when conducting classroom walk-throughs.
What would you add to this list?