Day workshops in “Learning how to learn” Jointly run with Foundations for Learning Zürich to register use the form link below
Teachers and students usually believe that good study habits and effective group work are absolutely necessary for the development of deeper understanding. However, a lot of educational and psychological research has shown many common practices, in both areas, to be ineffective. These workshops will help teachers gain the knowledge and experience to design their lessons to optimize the practices that have been shown to have high effectiveness.
The first day will explore the use of study practices such as self-testing (retrieval practice), elaboration, dual coding and the use of concept maps of concrete examples. It will show how individual, pair and small group application of these can be combined with metacognition to enhance the effectiveness of this learning. These practices will be applied in a highly interactive way to a variety of subject and age-specific contexts.
The second day will demonstrate how a variety of stimuli can be used to initiate and structure genuine dialogue in group discussions. The theory and practice of teacher mediation of student thinking will be illustrated. The essential elements in designing lessons that develop student thinking will be a constant theme of the workshop.
A third day will debrief the teacher’s experience of the application of these ideas in lessons and deepen the understanding of the learning to learn methodologies.
Training in delivering Let’s Think Primary and Secondary Science
The Let’s Think science programs grew out of decades of research from King’s College London then know as the Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education (C.A.S.E ) intervention. The results showed remarkable success in improving student thinking and subsequent examination performance in Science and also Mathematics and English.
The theory and practice of delivering Let’s Think science programs will be developed over 4 full days of training over a school year. The training involves introducing the theory and research behind the effectiveness of these programs. The teaching methodology is demonstrated by the trainer with classes and debriefed with the observing teachers. Then teachers plan how to deliver some of the lessons and co-teach with the trainer. Teachers will be able to learn how to develop the
Training in Epistemic inquiry
Bespoke programs for a year with between 3 and 5 days of workshop/model lessons/lesson observation/debrief sessions.
The principles, practices, and evaluation of epistemic inquiry teaching will be developed over 5 full days of training. The training involved input of the theory and research behind the methods. This is then demonstrated by the trainer with classes and debriefed with the observing teachers. Then teachers plan lessons and co-teach with the trainer. Teachers will be able to learn how to develop the science, craft, and art of this style of teaching. A great emphasis will be put on collaborative observation, lesson delivery, and lesson development.