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Fun Teaching Tips!

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Jan Walsh

on 25 August 2014

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Transcript of Fun Teaching Tips!

To Do:

- Spaced Repetition
- Grouping Notions -> Chunking
- Focused and Diffuse Modes
- Managing Time
- Variety in Teaching

Spaced Repetition
A chunk is a network of neurons (or different pieces of information) that have been woven together in the brain in such as way that information can be more easily and quickly accessed.
Focused and Diffuse Modes
The brain has two important modes for learning: Focused and Diffuse.
- In the
mode, the brain is adapted to focus intently on something you are trying to learn.
- In the
mode, the relaxed brain will subconsciously reinforce connections made in the focused mode and make new and creative connections.
Managing your Time
Like when we use the Pomodoro Technique, during which one studies with focus for about 25 minutes, students will feel rewarded for working on a task for a limited time.
Focused on Learning and Memory for Kindergarten Students
Fun Teaching Tips!

Like cramming for a test for three hours the night before is worse than studying a little bit every day, get the students to be reminded of what they have learned and then practice that regularly!
- Remind your students of what they have learned during the last class of the day. (passive recall)

- Ask your class what they have learned that day, that week, or that month! (active recall)

-Give rewards for participating students!
Brain stars?
- Stickers?
- A high five!

By creating and strengthening chunks, you allow students to:
- have access to a broader amount of ideas at once in their working memory.
- recall a large amount of information faster and more naturally.
- connect different chunks across different classes (fields) and be more creative.
How To?
- Create chunks by :
- using groups of thematic flashcards
- discussing captivating images
- talking about a particular topic

Access chunks and connect them through structured activities such as combining the topics of weather and time!
"Weather in England", http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises/environment/weather3.htm
"Flashcards", http://www.dokadok.com/preschool-online-flashcards/Esl-flashcards.html
"Picachu", http://www.clipartbest.com/pokemon-pikachu
Learning How to Learn, https://class.coursera.org/learning-001

We already know that the focused mode is essential for our students to learn and practice new material.
What we shouldn't forget is setting time aside everyday for activities such as:
- free conversation
- unrestricted physically engaging activities such as art, music or dance

One of my favorite activities is to let the students create their own story in which they collectively bring in elements from books, TV shows and real life experiences that they can connect with.
How To?
How To?
How To?
Although working for 25 minutes without a break can be easy for us, it is better for the children to work through "Mini-Pomodoros" of no more than 5 minutes for most tasks.
- Have them focus on the process of each activity, as opposed to the product to get them into the habit (enlisting your zombies) of working on a task.
- Make a checklist on the whiteboard of some tasks to complete during the day and give rewards to all students as you check them off!
Variety in Teaching
To better consolidate concepts a good tip is to approach the topic or items to learn from a variety of facets:
- by engaging all the senses
- by engaging the emotions
How To?
- Never underestimate the power of flashcards with pictures! Use them everyday. They are particularly important to help students grasp abstract concepts.

- Use music and short videos.

- Have them think about smells and how things feel to the touch.

- Relate concepts with your personal emotional experiences and ask them to share theirs with the class.
To Do:

- Spaced Repetition
- Grouping Notions -> Chunking
- Focused and Diffuse Modes
- Managing Time
- Variety in Teaching

Learning How to Learn _ University of California, San Diego
Jan Walsh

Note to my fellow MOOC peers...
I am a kindergarten level ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher. This presentation is intended for new and current teachers who are curious about this MOOC and what I have learned from it which can relate to teaching. Most of the suggestions I give have actually been tried out in the classroom, so I am very glad to have taken this course!

Note to fellow co-workers and
Enjoy... and let's set sail!
Many of you were curious to know in detail what I learned from this course and in particular if I learned anything useful to add to our classroom routines.
While most of us use some ideas and concepts I discuss in this presentation, I hope that you will gain a better understanding of why we do things the way we do, and how we can improve on our teaching skills and creativity.
Who knows... perhaps you'll start using brain stars in all of your classes soon!
Maintain high levels of enthusiasm!
Great job guys and thanks for watching! I hope you enjoyed my presentation!
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