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How People Learn Part I

One of the most salient points discussed in this section was the need to teach certain concepts in depth, using many examples in order to provide a firm foundation of factual knowledge. Today with the pressure of standardized testing there is a race to cover curriculum so students will have at least a cursory knowledge in many areas. This is contrary to what brain research tells us. This practice produces superficial student learning.

            Another issue discussed was teaching delivery techniques. I thought the bubble map on page 22 was excellent.  There has been much discussion about what is the best teaching delivery technique rather than what is the best technique to accomplish the purpose of the lesson.  This bubble map gives lots of varied techniques so teachers can purposefully choose techniques to accomplish specific goals. Lecture format and hands on learning can be equally effective teaching strategies to accomplish different and specific goals.

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