We were treated to Read Aloud The Wolf and the Lamb as well as the poem Precious Stones by Christina Rosetti. Our collective contributions were referred to as ‘reciprocal learning’ as our individual varied expressions of thought regarding the class content enriched our altogether learning experience.
Guided and shared reading is a technique that encourages students to read and follow. As a mode of transmitting learning teachers should include the use of visuals to encourage the participation of all the senses. This helps as each student learns differently.
We looked at the Multiple Intelligence Model by Howard Gardener. It certainly is a concept that empowers all as it helps us discover our multiple intelligences as we assess our strengths and in the words of Thomas Armstrong, “ways of being smart”.
The cone of learning created an aha moment for me as it reinforced the value of learning by doing. Our remarkable brain relies on cognitive stimulus and processes for recall:
- 10% of what we read
- 20% of what we hear
- 30% of what we see
- 50% of what we hear & see
- 70% of what we say and do/ write
- 90% of what we do
Further reading on the Cone of Learning by researcher Edgar Dale proved helpful to visually understand what techniques are most helpful to produce active learners.