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Why Dont Students Like School? EssayAbout the Future A video by 3G from Telenor (a phone company)
Why Dont Students Like School?A Vision of K12 Students TodayA short film by B. Nessbit
The Book Sells on Amazon for $16.47 http://is.gd/79p3w "Just like his Ask the Cognitive Scientist column, Dan Willinghams book makes fascinating but complicated research from cognitive science accessible to teachers. It is jam packed with ideas that teachers willfind both intellectually rich and useful in their classroom work." —Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers "This readable, practical book by a distinguished cognitivescientist explains the universal roots of effective teaching and learning. With great wit and authority it practices the principles it preaches. It is the best teachers guide I know of—a classic that belongs in the book bag of every teacher from preschool to grad school." —E. D. Hirsch, Jr., university professor emeritus, University of Virginia
Why Don’t Students Like School? Hear the KNOCKING? Time to pay attention. Green Card = Agree; Yellow = Not Sure; Red = Disagree. BLACK = I WANT TO SHARE SOMETHING (maybe agree or disagree). Dotting Exercise = Place the small pieces of stickies next to the ideas or phrases you agree with. You may place more than one if you REALLY REALLY agree. Collaborative Groups: Who writes? Who reads? Who holds? Who explains? Accept a degree of organized chaos, noise and on-task talk / behavior.
Why Dont Students Like School? Handout HighlightsThe Mind is Not Designedfor Thinking; p. 4The Candle Problem; p.5Curiosity; p.6How Thinking Works; p.7Implications for theClassroom; p.9, 12, 13
The brain is not designed for thinking. It’s designed to save you from having to think.* Dr. Daniel T. Willingham, Why Don’t Students Like School?
People are naturally curious, but we are not naturally good thinkers; unless the cognitiveconditions are right, we will avoid thinking.* * Dr. Daniel T. Willingham, Why Don’t Students Like School?
The Rule: If there is a vowel on one side, there must be an even number on the other side. A 2 B 3Your job is to verify whether this rule is met for this set offour cards, and to turn over the minimum number of cardsnecessary to do so. Which cards would you turn over?
The Rule: If you’re drinking beer, then you must be 21 or over.Beer 31 Coke 17Imagine that you are a bouncer in a bar. Each card represents apatron, with the person’s age on one side and their drink on the otherside. Your job is to verify whether this rule is met for this set of fourpeople, turning over the minimum number of cards necessary to doso. Which cards would you turn over?
Which was easier?This one? A 2 B 3 Beer 31 Coke 17…or this one? WHY?
What informationabout the brain and how itworks could help us tobetter understand thecognitive conditionsnecessary for optimalthinking and learning?
Couldunderstanding thebrain and how itworks help us toarticulate theCharacteristics ofEffective Instructionto our learners?
Sight R E Sound C E Sensory Initial Smell P Processing T Memory Taste O R Touch SNot transferred to next stage and therefore forgotten
There are three factors that strongly influence whether or not the brain pays attention to incoming stimuli…1 Novelty Whether or not the information has2 meaning and relevance Whether or not the information has an3 emotional component or hook
The brain iscontinuously tryingto make sense out of itsworld, attempting todetermine whatis meaningful in whatit experiences.
What if there is noexisting category to fitnew information into? Isit possible to learn newinformation withoutcontext or connections? ?
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Would it be possiblefor a student to learn ?something well enough to acea test over it… without reallyunderstanding the material’smeaning or relevance?
If we want to make informationmeaningful to students, we have twooptions… Find an experience they’ve had1 and hook the new information to it, or…2 Create a new experience with them.
Do Schools Kill Creativity?Do you? We’ll end with this TED TALK. If you do not know about TED, it stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. It has 1000s of talks on any topic with subtitles in most languages. Check it out at www.ted.com . This famous talk is by Sir Ken Robinson. Subtitles are in French. Transcripts in French and Arabic are available.
Image Credits by Slide NumberSlide 1. Calvin and Hobbes. Bill Watterson.The Essay. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx2Slxp0TkMSlide 2: A Vision of K-12 Students Todayhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_A-ZVCjfWf8School Suckshttp://withpraise.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/school-sucks2.jpgSlide 4: Willingham, Daniel. http://www.danielwillingham.com/Slide 5: Willingham, Daniel. http://www.danielwillingham.com/Slides 8-25: Teaching For Understanding. How the Brain Works. Part 1http://www.aea267.k12.ia.us/icc/files/Session2/How_the_brain_works_part_1.ppt
Additional Resources21K12. Johnathan Martin. http://21k12blog.net/2009/11/11/arguing-with-willinghams-why-dont-students-like-school/American Association of Law Libraries. http://aallspectrum.wordpress.com/2009/11/16/review-why-dont-students-like-school-a-cognitive-scientist- answers-questions-about-how-the-mind-works-and-what-it-means-for-the-classroom-by-daniel-t-willingham/Dialogic. http://dialogic.blogspot.com/2009/04/daniel-t-willingham-why-dont-students.htmlK-12 Educational Technology. Steve Hargadon. http://www.stevehargadon.com/2009/11/dan-willingham-on-why-dont-students.htmlLearning in a Flat World. Britt Watwood. http://bwatwood.edublogs.org/2009/09/15/why-dont-students-like-school/Morsie Reads Blog. http://morsiereads.blogspot.com/2009/12/why-dont-students-like-school.htmlPersonalized Education Now. http://blog.personalisededucationnow.org.uk/2010/01/06/education-revolution-e-newsletter-06-01-2010/Why Don’t Students Like School? Well, Duhhh; Children Don’t Like School Because They Love Freedom. by Peter Gray, Psychology TodayPyschology Today. Peter Gray. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/200909/why-don-t-students-school-well-duhhhhRobinson, Ken. “Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity.” http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.htmlTeaching For Understanding. How the Brain Works. Part 1. http://www.aea267.k12.ia.us/icc/files/Session2/How_the_brain_works_part_1.pptTeaching For Understanding. How the Brain Works. Part 2. http://www.aea267.k12.ia.us/icc/files/Session2/How_the_brain_works_part_2.pptTeaching First Year Students. Galveston Faculty Forum. August 2009. http://www.tamug.edu/acen/Teaching%20First%20Year%20Students-Galveston.pptThe Pods are Coming! David Truss. http://pairadimes.davidtruss.comWillingham, Daniel. http://www.danielwillingham.com/