Stage 2: Active Processing, Stage 3: Critical Thinking

The Power of Making Connections

We have all tried to teach students to make connections between things that have obvious connections. But what about between things that don't have obvious connections? In his book Brain Rules, expert John Medina talks about a six-year study of more than 3,000 innovative company executives published in 2009. One of the biggest common factors… Continue reading The Power of Making Connections

Stage 2: Active Processing

What does active processing look like?

Active processing is all about turning on students' brains while learning -- it's contrasted with passive learning, rote learning or shallow memorization. Students should understand the learning goal and be able to track their progress towards that goal. Here are a couple examples: They can even set their own goals in relation to the learning… Continue reading What does active processing look like?