Your Brain on Teaching and Learning: Series 2
Are your students showing signs of anxiety?
Are your students experiencing a sense of purpose and engagement in the classroom?
The impact of teaching and learning practices on student wellness cannot be overstated
By integrating insights from brain science, we can create powerful learning environments that prioritize student wellness. Let’s explore three ways to associate your teaching practices with student wellbeing:
Alignment for Clarity:
- Alignment refers to the process of strategically planning your learning outcomes to clearly define what your students will be able to do, know, or value. Then, intentionally plan how you will assess and teach based on those outcomes. This creates coherency where students can boldly see the connection between what they are learning, how they are learning it, and how it will be assessed.
- This approach will significantly reduce confusion and anxiety for many students.
Purposeful Sequencing of Learning Experiences:
- Thoughtfully organize and sequence your learning experiences to build upon prior knowledge and foundational concepts. Additionally, provide abundant practice and feedback in authentic contexts whenever possible.
- This approach empowers students, fostering confidence and engagement while promoting brain plasticity throughout their learning journey.
Adopt Assessment Principles:
- Implement transparent assessment practices while providing timely and constructive feedback, and offer opportunities for self-assessment and reflection. This inclusive approach ensures that students have equitable opportunities to demonstrate their learning in meaningful ways that ‘sticks’.
- This approach empowers students to understand their progress, which significantly increases retention and fosters a growth mindset.
By aligning teaching practices with student wellbeing, you create an environment that supports overall wellness and maximizes learning potential. When students feel cared for and valued, they are more likely to thrive academically and personally.
Even small adjustments in your teaching approach can have a significant impact on student wellbeing. Let’s create a learning environment where students can reach their full potential.
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