Improving learning is a very important task for every educator. When it comes to sports teachers and trainer/coaches the main aspects of learning can be described as:
– the best way to learn how to do something is to do it;
– the closer practice activities resemble the full activity the better.
Putting these aspects into practice doesn’t mean students will learn. Teaching or coaching is something different than learning. Working with students we frequently experiment with how it can looks like and practice. Ofcourse we also debate what it means in practice. I still enjoy the discussions and energy we put in together to learn and find some personal answers. It is a search to put learning to the forefront of the sport lessons. Continue reading “How to Improve Learning in Sports”
Is it possible for teachers to meet standards without teaching in a standardized way? This question is at the heart of many educators. With standardized education and testing growing rapidly in higher education the temptation to teach to the test exists. How to teach the standards without becoming standardized. Continue reading “Teach Beyond The Test”
To me ’empowered learning’ is a variation on inquiry learning and passion-based learning. It’s about helping students choose their own learning path and support them to be curious and entrepreneurial. Continue reading “What Blogs Can Do to Empower Learners”
The process of designing an experience, regardless of purpose, is based on reaching a certain outcome. Ideally with as little fuss and as much joy as possible. The purpose of an experience and the environment in which the experience takes place will vary: purchasing a holidays on a tablet, enjoying dinner in a restaurant, or learning to teach a class. Each of these experiences requires its own unique approach but the elements of the design process are mostly the same. The best representation of those elements comes from Jesse James Garrett’s Elements of User Experience. Continue reading “Learning Experience Design”
To banish cheating in school, we must change the culture of school. To change the culture, we have to measure what matters. Continue reading “Relationship between Cheating and Learning”
How can we best prepare students for a world that will require more of them? The most important resource in education reform is the learner’s mind. We need to re-ignite the hunger for learning that many students lose along the way. Explicit and embedded work on learning mindsets and learning strategies & habits puts students in the driver seat of learning. It gives them direction to chart their paths to succes and happiness. Lets take you through it. Continue reading “Deep Learning Mindsets & Strategies”
Teaching is in the middle of a change, an evolution, a revolution. The intensity of the description depends on whom you ask. One could argue that this change is natural and part of an ebb and flow cycle. This change feels faster, and possibly more frenetic — likely due to technology’s role in the change. Continue reading “Differentiated Instruction on Steroids”
There’s no shortage of different opinions about how the education system should adapt to a shifting world and a future with unknown demands, but for the most part, only two dominant narratives of education reform have emerged. Most teachers didn’t sign up for this shifty moment we are in. But I find it interesting. Continue reading “Powerful Learning is Agile and Student-centered”
Daniel H Pink has studied motivation in the business world for a long time and he came to the startling conclusion that traditional ways of motivating people with financial incentives doesn’t work. The only time incentives worked, in fact, was when the problem was mechanical and the path to the solution was straightforward. Study after study, social scientists have found that external rewards narrows the focus and restrict possibilities. The same studies proved that external drives makes it difficult for people to come up with creative solutions to complex problems. Continue reading “Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose to be Happy”
We still line our students up in rows facing the same direction toward a voice of authority. We use desks that lock them up in place, where the majority of movement within their staring is eyes forward, eyes down? The experience of space has a profound effect on how we use that space and behave ourselves. Space evokes a particular way of feeling, of being. What is the message we are sending? Continue reading “Best Future-proof Learning Space”
Higher education is standing at a crossroad. Flipped classrooms and MOOC’s (massive open online courses) have become a disruptive force. Also the rise of Youtube education can’t be neglected. It’s creating challenges and opportunities at the same time.
Continue reading “Youtube Education, New Options in Student Engagement?”