Reducing the complexity of learning to read and do mathematics.
There is no doubt about it . . .
Return to the 2021-22 school year will be focused on the ever-widening learning gaps that may have occurred during the last year. Will our previous/current interventions be enough? Although we do not want to throw the baby out with the bathwater, it is time to take a critical look at how we plan to close gaps and get students back on track.
It is well-known that assessment is the first step to any kind of intervention. An effective assessment system is one that is standards-based, easy to use, and provides the kind of data on which instructional decisions can be made. But what about those instructional decisions? Do your teachers know what to do when learning breaks down?
Making learning clear for students who struggle is always a challenge. Using these techniques, educators can help to bridge gaps by being mindful of keeping instruction clear and direct.
1 Mayer & Moreno 2003. Nine Ways to Reduce Cognitive Load in Multimedia Learning. Educational Psychologist, 38, 43–52.
2 National Research Council 2000, p. 236. Cited in Lent, ReLeah Cossett Lent, Overcoming Textbook Fatigue. Retrieved from http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/113005/chapters/Background-Knowledge@-The-Glue-That-Makes-Learning-Stick.aspx
3 Fisher, Douglas.2008. Effective Use of the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model. Retrieved from http://srhscollaborationsuite.weebly.com/uploads/3/8/4/0/38407301/douglas_fisher.pdf
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