AT Cycle 1

9/7 - 9/12

W 9/7

Th 9/8

F 9/9

M 9/12

🔴 2: Th 9/8a, 📒 4: T 9/6b - what is learning?

Today, we'll tackle two very difficult questions:

  • What is learning?

  • How do you learn?

We'll talk about learning in general and in this course. We'll look at some research that will help us to understand learning:

  1. Students Think Lectures Are Best, But Research Suggests They’re Wrong

  2. Harnessing the Power of Productive Struggle

  3. Why Do Some People Learn Faster?

  4. What if the Secret to Success is Failure?

Homework: Accept the invitation to Google Classroom if you have not already. I expect that you will check your school Gmail often; I will use it touch base with you. If you do not check this email often, then set up forwarding by following these instructions. Also, make sure you have reviewed the summer assignment. ❗Assessment on Thursday, September 22nd.

🟥 2: Th 9/8b*, 🟡 4: W 9/7 (🟨 3: Th 9/8**) - how do we learn?

* Thursday, September 8 (C Day) Block 2/Period 3 - 11th Grade Assembly
** Thursday, September 8 (C Day) Block 3/Period 4 - 12th Grade Assembly

We'll finish whatever we did not finish of yesterday's lesson. We'll tackle these questions:

  • What does it take to learn something?

  • What's the difference between learning and practice?

  • How can you become a better learner?

  • What are the habits and attitudes of good learners?

We'll take a look at a couple of articles:

  1. The Art of Changing the Brain

  2. Why I No Longer Use Groups in the Classroom

  3. Don't Blink! The Hazards of Confidence

  4. Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away

  5. Why Students Forget—and What You Can Do About It (drill down)

If there's time, we'll also talk about collaboration:

  • How does collaboration fit in with learning?

  • What are some ways we can collaborate and form a community outside of class time?

  • What will we see when we work together?

  • What will we hear when we work together?

  • How can we help each other?

Homework: BY MONDAY: Watch this 20-minute video for homework. Even though the video itself is only 20 minutes, most people will not spend exactly that amount of time with it. Some people will spend 15 minutes and others will spend 1 hour. For some of you, this will be easy review and for others, you'll have to work hard to learn a more standard notation. Don't forget to pause, take notes, rewind and rewatch, or fast forward as necessary. Monday, I want to see that you've at least tried the example problems at the end of the video.

❤️ 2: F 9/9, 💛 4: M 9/12a - what happens when we struggle? is struggle bad?

Today, we'll discuss specific strategies to help us when we struggle. Then, we'll try to make our discussion more relevant to you:

  • What’s something you want to achieve in this class?

  • What is one new concrete thing you’ll do to work towards your learning goals based on this discussion?

  • What do you need to be willing to do to embrace this new tactic/struggle/attitude?

  • What are some things you can tell yourself along the learning process?

  • What can we (teacher and other students) do to encourage you?

You'll make your own learning pit poster with self-talk ideas. We will make a reminder poster for the room to help you.

Homework: Fill out the Personal Learning Habits questionnaire in ✏️ Google Classroom by Monday at 10pm.

📕 2: M 9/12, 📒 4: M 9/12b - free body diagrams

Daily Quiz #1: free body diagrams

Today, we'll do our first daily check-in. This will test your ability to apply the principles in the free body diagram video.

Homework: I want you to watch the second video tonight. Don't forget to take notes, pause, rewind, replay, or even fast forward if necessary. Come to class with any questions you have and be prepared for a daily check-in next class.