Friday, February 27, 2009

How Students Really Learn: Instructional Strategies That Work

The book How Students Really Learn by Linda Henshall Wilson gives tips on how to teach students the way they learn best. While it's very basic, it does give some good tips. Here are my favorite tips from the book.

1. When you start out the year, have students determine the way they learn best by taking a learning modalities quiz such as the one found in RTI Success.

2. The part of the day where we experience the lowest energy is half way between the time we wake up and the time we go to sleep. For example, I typically wake up at 7 and go to bed at 11 so my low point is around 3pm. Plan the most important instruction before time when most of your students will experience low energy.

3. Bell work at the start of the day should be engaging, exciting, and get students excited for their day at school. Consider activities that include more gross-motor stimulation to get them moving a bit.

4. Students loose focus after about 20 minutes of sitting so give them a stretch break or do a hands-on activity that allows them to move around after 20 minutes of instruction. Another option is to take a brisk walk around the building.

5. Increase oxygen levels in your classroom by opening windows and/or having plants in the classroom.

6. Encourage students to drink water frequently throughout the day as well as munch on healthy snacks such as fruit, veggies, popcorn, and granola.

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