UDL Chat 3-#UDL Chat “Engage the Brain”

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Wednesday April 3rd, 2019

*This twitter chat focused on Design for Learning that taps into emotion,

Questions:

Q1: What do you do to insure that learners perceive your learning environment and activities in a positive way, setting the emotional foundation for learning to occur? #UDLchat

Q2: How do you design, or coach others to design, learning environments to balance moments of attention and moments of self-reflection? #UDLchat

Q3: How do you help learners understand brain plasticity and how do you apply it to the design of your instruction? #UDLchat

Q4: What are your favorite ways to support learners in managing cognitive load (the amount of energy it takes to complete a task)? #UDLchat

Reflection:

I was excited to chat with fellow classmate about LaQuita Extine, and I even gained two followers Barb Gentile Green and Tesha Fitzgerald. As always, I was blown away by Mindy Johnson’s insights whom I began to follow.

A lot of the conversation in this lively discussion dealt with how to engage the brain as well as how to give the brain a break. One commenter talked about providing multiple brain breaks while even the teenage learner (whom I teach) is only able to focus for fifteen minutes at a time. It was also stated in the discussion that learning is not about “how much you can stuff inside the brain”. This tied back to cognitive load which you can tell in teaching is occurring because that is the point of the lesson where student’s eyes begin to gloss over which is when those brain breaks are needed.

 I also love LaQuita Extine’s comment that “I wish the Ss understood that learning is what we are doing every day. My goal everyday is to learn one new thing at my job. If am not learning then I am not living.” I agree with this because part of engaging in the brain is getting learners invested in what they are learning in recognizing every learning opportunity as a valuable one.

In addition, I chimed in with this sentiment, “I try to stress for learners that learning is an ongoing process and that in learning you continue to grow to teach students not to be so down on themselves and know that they can improve-if they try (This was my answer for question 2). I said this because this is how I coach students towards developing a growth mindset and that investment in learning which is so important. Students need to recognize that learning is a fluid process and that skills take time to develop which is why they should not grow disheartened if they don’t perform a skill perfectly the first time.

As always, I was floored at how fast paced the discussion was and how positive. Also, the refresh button on my screen was a must and in the last chat I hope to get the hang of the whole how to reply to comments aspect.

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