Being in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas is also the end of the school year for us. Until this year, students have always been on exam leave at the end of the year, but this year we moved the exams forward so we had 3 weeks of teaching at the end of the year, to review exams and get started on the following year's timetable! So, for the first time in 5 years I have been able to a) wear Christmas ties and b) do Christmas maths lessons. Here are a couple of the things I did.
Over the last year I have grown interested in not only the ideas from empirical studies that we can use in the classroom to improve learning, but also the underlying functioning of the brain and what implications that has for our understanding of how we learn.
In particular I have done two free online courses:
And on top of those I have been reading around the subject. Recently I finished reading the excellent MARGE: A Whole-Brain Learning Approach for Students and Teachers by Arthur Shimamura, which I discovered through this post by Tom Sherrington.
In this post I want to compare and contrast two of the models offered through these experiences: MARGE from Arthur Shimamura and EBC from the FutureLearn course.
First a brief overview of each model.
MARGE is the acronym used by Shimamura to stand for Motivate, Attend, Relate, Generate, Evaluate. In the ebook, Shimamura gives both an overview of this model and goes into detail for each of the aspects. He also discusses the brain functions behind each of these.
I recently saw this tweet and it made me stop and reflect on what my successes were for this year, and what I want to work on next year.
So, here are 4 things that have been successful for me in 2018:
And what about my targets for next year? Well, I want to continue to embed all these practices across all my classes, but these are some of the things I want to focus on introducing/improving:
I am a maths teacher looking to share good ideas for use in the classroom, with a current interest in integrating educational research into my practice.