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Small Teachings Framework

Small Teachings Framework

James Lang proposes that educators can significantly improve student learning by making small, research-backed changes to their teaching methods.He focuses on practical applications from cognitive science that don't overwhelm with complex theories. 

3 main areas of focus:

  1. Memorisation - students must bear in mind things before they can put them in order
  2. Understanding - increase comprehension and acquisition of complex cognitive skills 
  3. Motivation - getting excited about the topic

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Hacks for Understanding

Hacks for Understanding

Small tweaks can. provide the conditions in class for students to actively retrieve information that they have encountered previously:

  • Stopping mid way to ask students for predictions: "What do you think happens next"
  • Frequent low stakes quizzing. Stopping from time to time to ask question witthout making it seem like a test.
  • Having students summarize the main points of the class

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Hacks for Understanding

Hacks for Understanding

Lang suggests polling students about their prior knowledge of subjects. This strengthens memory and understanding:

  • Before introducing a new concept, ask students what they already know about it.
  • Have students make mental maps together.
  • Make connections to real-world applications.

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Hacks for Student Motivation

Hacks for Student Motivation

Developing student motivation is crucial for academic success. Here are some tips to keep students motivated:

  1. Arrive early to class to establish a connection with students
  2. Remind students of the bigger picture and why the course is important
  3. Show enthusiasm and passion for the subject

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JAMES M. LANG

“Asking students to predict and retrieve or self‐explain won’t get them very far in their learning if they truly don’t care about the course material or if they believe that they are incapable of learning from it”

JAMES M. LANG

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CURATOR'S NOTE

James Lang is an educator who proposes tactical changes in class to improve the performance of his students.

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