Category Archives: Instructional Considerations

Here’s the answers to all the big questions

Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams Also referred to as the Last Lecture, this is a lecture x Randy Pausch wrote so his kids would remember him. A computer science prof, a husband and a father, Randy had … Continue reading

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Gaming can make a better world?

Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world (video) http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world#t-383932

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Student Engagement and motivation – a Theoretical Primer

Student engagement is a good predictor of student knowledge acquisition and general cognitive development. Engagement, in turn, is a function of active learning and motivation. Fortunately, much research has been done on understanding motivation. How can you Measure Student Engagement?  … Continue reading

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Really Big Education Site

Cybrary Man’s Educational Web Sites  The internet catalogue for students, teachers, administrators & parents.Over 20,000 relevant links personally selected by an educator/author with over 30 years of experience.

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Instructional Strategy – Amber Donovan’s Poker Chip Question Technique

Amber Donovan contributed this questioning technique. “I learned this technique in another course and tried it out the last time I taught and it worked so well, I was shocked and excited at the results: I gave each student 3 … Continue reading

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Asking Effective Questions – best practices

There’s many articles written on how to ask questions. Here’s some that I liked: Questions Engaging Students through effective questions Questioning Skills to Engage Students Questioning Techniques. “Good learning starts with questions, not answers”. This article provides  a wealth of … Continue reading

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Building a Culture of Inquiry

If you want students to ask questions, the culture in your classroom has to support them in that.  Building a culture of inquiry means fostering an atmosphere where asking and answering questions is safe. Here are some articles to get … Continue reading

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Teaching Students to Ask Questions

“Students learn to ask questions by asking questions. Students learn to ask good questions by asking questions and then receiving feedback on them. Students learn to become scholars by learning to ask good questions.” Marshall Brain. (1998) The Importance of … Continue reading

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ARCS Motivational Model

The ARCS Model of Motivational Design, created by John Keller is based on Tolman’s and Lewin’s expectancy-value theory, which assumes that people are motivated to learn if there they expect success in learning it and value the knowledge presented. The … Continue reading

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Assessment for Learning and motivating

Here are some articles on using grading, not grading and failure as motivational strategies. Kinser, R. (December 4, 2012). Grade changes: Using marks to motivate students. Education Week. This article is about using grading practices for motivational purposes while protecting … Continue reading

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