At the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, we often say that there is only one, indisputable educational truth: Every day, every student will bring their brain to every class. As schools in the United States and abroad transition to synchronous and asynchronous distance learning, this indisputable truth will remain the same. But equally important to think about is the adult learning brain and the mindset we bring to distance learning.
This page will be updated weekly with resources for teachers, school leaders, and parents as they navigate the challenges of distance learning.
New EdTech resource from The CTTL
The Science of Learning Guide to Education Technology was designed to help teachers use education technology in the most effective way possible. It does this by mapping EdTech tools onto the most promising research in how the student brain learns, works, changes, and thrives. Click here to download the Middle and High School guide, and click here to download the Elementary School edition.
Instead of thinking about what we are not teaching, let’s take this opportunity to focus on what is truly important in our subjects and endeavor to teach it in ways that make it durable, usable and flexible in the minds of our students.
Projects are still a good way to motivate students during challenging circumstances, but we need to take care so that learning actually takes place. How can we use what we know about the science of learning to design projects that truly work?
When parents provide answers or too many hints via leading questions, it does not help your child achieve the primary goal: learning how to think and learn.