Educational Technology

September 27, 2014

Cognitively Priming Students for Learning

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:28 am

by Judy Willis, Edutopia

There are some standards or units of instruction that, for whatever reason, you know aren’t going to be runaway hits with students. While you can certainly reconsider the unit design, there are other strategies you can use to help prime student brains for learning. Among the simplest of these strategies is promoting curiosity — and students’ natural tendency to predict — by advertising the content the same way that a marketing company might. This promotes advance interest, and the resulting questions increase the student curiosity, opening the brain’s attentive intake filter. In short, it preps their minds to engage.

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