Tanya has very kindly allowed me to share her classroom observation which occurred in week 3. Tanya’s focus is around Finding out what students already know. This closely links with the Learning Design process and TFEL.
Domain 4 Personalise and connect learning. Element: 4.1 build on learners’ understandings the teacher identifies students’ prior knowledge and cultural practices as a starting point for curriculum.
I have inserted Tanya’s observational notes based on our new 2015 observational proforma. Please have a read and hopefully it provides some help and inspiration with your own planning in this area.
Learning Design – very quickly, what is it?
One of the 6 areas of Learning Design, What do they bring? requires us to carefully consider the beliefs, misconceptions and experiences students have. “What students bring” should not only be considered in relation to the content being taught but also other experiences students have had that impact on their attitude towards learning and their relationship with the teacher and other students.
To become effective at finding out what our students bring we need strategies to help us elicit this information. I have provided some resources that hopefully give some practical strategies that can easily be used in the classroom to achieve the aim of finding out what students bring to your classroom.
Resource 1: Click on the diagram to go to the Cornell University Centre for Teaching and Excellence website
Resource 2: Strategies to find out what students know