Application: Creating Lessons That Encourage Habits of Mind

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Application: Creating Lessons That Encourage Habits of Mind
This week’s Learning Resources focus on strategies for developing lessons that encourage students to draw on past knowledge and experiences, use multiple senses, and check their work for accuracy. Any lesson or unit should begin by providing a way for students to connect their past knowledge and experience with what they are about to learn. Doing so helps students understand the new knowledge better, discover their misconceptions about the topic, and see how the learning relates to real-life situations. Providing students with activities that encourage them to interact with content through a variety of sensory pathways facilitates deeper understanding and retention of content, and it fosters meaningful and memorable learning experiences. Accuracy is important in most life work. As a result, students should be encouraged to spend extra time checking for accuracy and making necessary revisions to produce the highest quality of work possible. Finally, incorporating these three habits of mind can help you meet the diverse learning needs of the students in your classroom especially related to students previous knowledge and experience and their preferred learning styles. For this week�s Application, you will select a lesson you have used in the past and revise it to incorporate these three habits of mind. You will implement this lesson with a group of students and analyze the results in a final reflection.
Begin by reflecting on the ways in which the teachers in this week’s media segment incorporate strategies in their lessons that foster the development of drawing on past knowledge and experience, using all the senses, and checking for accuracy. Next, carry out the steps below to complete your assignment.
1. Select a lesson you have taught in the past. Revise it by including the following three habits of mind to enhance student learning: drawing on past knowledge and experience, using all the senses, and checking for accuracy.
2. Your final revision should include the following:
o The grade level, content area, and learning objective of the lesson. Note whether it is geared toward an individual student, a small group, or the whole class.
o Instructional activities that:
* Draw out students past knowledge and experience
* Involve the use of multiple senses
* Require students to check their work for accuracy
o A description of the activities. In your description, indicate which habit of mind each activity focuses on.
3. Next, implement the lesson with a group of students. Then, reflect on student behaviors and thinking processes you observed that would indicate to you that the activities you used enhanced students learning. Finally, analyze the effectiveness of your revised lesson in meeting the diverse learning needs of your students, especially related to their past knowledge and experience and preferred learning styles. How did the integration of the three habits of mind support multiple learner variances?
4. Submit your revised lesson (including all components listed in Step 2) and your final written reflection.
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