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meta – beyond and cognition – thinking

www.edsenseblog.azurewebsites.net/10-ways-to-improve-metacognition-in-students/

Benefits of developing metacognition in students.

  1. Beneficial in problem solving
  2. Strategic approach to learning
  3. Better prioritization skills
  4. Increased confidence in setting and achieving goals
  5. Flexibility in learning
  6. Easy adaptation
  7. Reflexive thinking
  8. Better memory

UECA 2018 PD Fest – Presentation PDF, Handout Word Doc

PDF Version of PowerPoint presentation at the UECA 2018 PD Fest, UTS Insearch, May 12

UECA2018TheNittyGritty

Word document handout to accompany presentation above

The Nitty Gritty UECA 2018 UTS May 12

2017 English Australia Conference ‘Reverse Bootcamp’ presentation – Part 3 of 4

Reverse Bootcamp: From dependence to independence in a 10 week Direct Entry (DE) course

Part 2 of 4 of a presentation at the English Australia conference, at the Adelaide Hilton, September 20 – 22, 2017.

After introductions and context, the first part examines the training wheels theory, which combines the stages and process of the gradual release of responsibility theory, with the staged self-directed learning (SSDL) model. These stages and processes are related to the DE course at CQU English.

The second part then looks at the it is what it is theory, an amalgamation of Biggs 3 levels – What students are, What teachers do, What students do; Learning styles – Surface, Strategic, Deep; and the PAH continuum – Pedagogy, Andragogy & Heutagogy. As in the first part, this amalgamation is related to the CQU English Direct Entry course. The second part concludes with the genius of Mr Miyagi, the iconic character from the Karate Kid movies of the 80’s, and how his killing two birds with one stone philosophy can get more done and better prepare DE students for university.

Part three proposes a new blended learning of connectivism, movement and environment. A constructivist theory for the digital age, actionable takeaways of connectivism for the DE classroom, as well as for the use of movement and environment, are explained and the involvement of the audience occurs with amusing results.

The fourth and final part, though rushed due to time limitations, explores the peak end rule, circadian rhythms, the 90/20/8 rule, flexible and dynamic grouping, cultural competency, class bonding, and classroom silliness (as a circuit breaker). It finishes too quickly on start-up methodology and the business model canvas.

PS Please forgive the excessive information on the slides, I am breaking a rule that I teach my academic English students of keeping the slides simple in terms of text and images. This is so that the PowerPoint can be a reference for those interested.

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Instruct, Construct or Connect? Or all three?

InstructConstructConnecthttps://ryan2point0.wordpress.com/2009/03/17/instructivism-constructivism-or-connectivism/

Super Summer Offer! Resources for Completed Surveys

Super Summer Offer! Resources*for completed surveys

To help promote and improve Reinvent English, we are offering all ESL organisations throughout Australia the opportunity to receive ESL resources (books, CD’s, software) in exchange for completed student surveys. This offer is in conjunction with Australia’s two premier ESL bookshops, Bridge bookshop in Sydney and Bookery in Melbourne.

BridgeBookshop   Bookery

* As an approximate guide for each three correctly completed ESL student surveys, 1 book or 1 CD or 2 graded readers will be supplied. For six correctly completed ESL student surveys, 1 software program will be supplied. The final amount of resources is to be negotiated and agreed upon between the participant ESL teacher/organisation and Reinvent English. Please see website here for resources on offer.

Further information about this special offer is on this page.

Holidays Offer! Resources for Lesson Plans

The offer of resources for lesson plans has been expanded, so if you’re feeling creative over the silly season take advantage of it here http://reinventenglish.com/?page_id=317

Are you liberal, behaviourist, progressive, humanistic or radical in the classroom?

A very worthwhile look at your teaching style, I recommend any teacher to have a go.

“This is your personal report of your Philosophies of Adult Education using the Zinn Inventory. There are no right or wrong answers, and no one viewpoint is necessarily better than any other. The inventory is designed to highlight your beliefs and not make judgments about those beliefs.”

I major in humanism (93) with a progressive minor (86), a common coupling.

http://www.labr.net/apps/paei/

The battle of self directed learning

This is the battle I face preparing foreign students for mainstream university, most are so used to being spoonfed, even those who have already completed a tertiary qualification in their home country.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/blake-boles/give-high-school-students_b_6354654.html?ir=Australia