The many sizes of good teaching

Instructional Strategies – ADLT 603 – Post 1

It was interesting to read about the ideas of teaching for long-term retention and transfer as well as the different perspectives on ‘good’ teaching.

I was struck me by the concept of how when and what on is assessed on impacts transfer and that repeated assessment helps retention. It makes sense – that when the brain has to repeatedly establish connections to a concept/idea/relationship, it will more easily go back there. Also interesting that the more different ways of getting to that same point also develops a better connection and thus retention. Again, the idea we talked about in class last week of planning assessment before actual activities was a new concept for me (and that the assessment directly links with the goals/purposes/objectives of the learning activity). It makes more sense now after reading this article. I can see how important it is to have well thought out assessment approaches so they do connect with goals/objectives.

One of the other things that struck me from this week’s reading was the different perspectives on ‘good’ teaching.

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