Feedback From Afar

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“We all need people who will give us feedback. That is how we improve.” Bill Gates The EEF defines feedback as “information given to the learner or teacher about the learner’s performance relative to learning goals or outcomes.” As teachers, in our classrooms, there is a constant dialogue between students and teachers. We can use … Continue reading Feedback From Afar

How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?

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Part 1: An introduction to metacognition “An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.” Albert Camus What is metacognition? Metacognition is commonly divided into two components: metacognitive knowledge and metacognitive reflections [Quigley 2018].  Metacognitive knowledge refers to what learners know about learning and this may be broken down further into knowledge of self, knowledge of … Continue reading How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?

Curriculum: The why, the what and the when

"We ask questions about the world, and we make our answers, and we build and treasure our knowledge over generations." Ruth Walker [2019] A colleague recently asked me to recommend some articles for faculty leaders to read when planning their curriculum. I thought I would share it here, in case it was of interest to … Continue reading Curriculum: The why, the what and the when

#CogSciSci 2019 to do list

Goal-free effect: Adam Robbins, @MrARobbins, https://reflectionsinscience.wordpress.com/ What is it? The goal of this problem might be to find the length of CB. A goal-free task would be to ask students to calculate as many of the unknowns as they could [Sweller 1998]. The goal-free approach reduces the amount of extraneous cognitive load from holding the … Continue reading #CogSciSci 2019 to do list

Retrieval practice and the burden of homework

"..standing upon the shoulders of giants." - Isaac Newton For the uninitiated amongst us, retrieval practice is a learning strategy where the deliberate recall of information is used to improve long-term memory (Agarwal 2018). The effect of retrieval practice, also called the testing effect, has been studied in an educational setting (Roediger 2006).  Students used different … Continue reading Retrieval practice and the burden of homework