Every summer I reflect on the previous school year, as many of you do, and think about how I can do business differently in the coming year.
So, here are some of my thoughts from this summer. Though the minimalist theory of learning has typically been used in defining the learning of technology, how would it look in a classroom designed to cover content such as U.S. History, adding integers, or solving chemical equations? Well, the parts of the theory, as defined by Greg Kearsley, that stand out to me are the following:
- Activities should be based on learners’ prior knowledge and experience.
- Learners should be given realistic projects as soon as possible.
- Training is easily connected to the task.
- Instruction should permit self-directed reasoning and improvising.
- Provide time to recognize errors and learning from them.
So, how does this affect me, you might ask. Great question! Could you see this working in your classroom? If so, how?