Don’t Stop Short of a Home Run!

For many of us, the first three levels of learning followed a rather boring pattern: Read Answer the questions. Take the test. By now you've seen that even in these early steps we're not limited to boring teaching methods. There are MANY ways to help children remember, understand the material, and learn to apply their new knowledge appropriately in a variety of Read More

From Comprehension to Application


Once a student has internalized and clearly understood the concepts you're introducing, they need a variety of opportunities to apply their skills. You can help them demonstrate their new skills by challenging them to: Show Complete Use Classify Compute Illustrate Model Solve Change Choose Modify Discover Produce Repeated application results in Read More

From Rote Memory to Understanding


It's not enough to parrot data. Here are some activities that will help your students grasp the concepts behind the facts: Explain Compare Discuss Restate Predict Estimate Outline Express Defend Distinguish Summarize Generalize Give an example Once students are able to explain new concepts in their own words and understand how ideas fit together, Read More

Introduction to Bloom’s Taxonomy


Education majors spend a good deal of time studying Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning. I will admit to you that I have not, BUT a basic knowledge of the levels of learning can be very helpful in understanding how we learn so that we can gauge how we teach. The most basic level of learning, according to Bloom's Hierarchy, is that of remembering the information given. In the concept of Read More

Using the Five Sensory Portals


Most people have five senses: sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. Our senses are our means for gathering data and learning about our world.   Most of us, though, depend so strongly on our sight and hearing, that we neglect the other three portals of learning, and that's a shame. If you doubt the importance of those other three, just think of Helen Keller. Blind and Read More

Teaching the “Flowing” Temperament


The fourth temperament type we'll meet are the smooth-flowing "phlegmatics".   These folks are goal-oriented introverts. Energized and inspired in a quiet, relaxed, reflective environment Practical, stable, dependable--they are the "glue" that holds things together Need to know what the purpose is, how you'd like things done, and when they're Read More

Teaching the “Feeling” Temperament


Today we'll begin to meet the quieter temperaments, beginning with the deep-feeling “melancholics”.   These folks are relationship-oriented introverts. Energized and inspired in a quiet, relaxed, reflective environment Great "big picture" vision Need to know why and "what if..." Crave imaginative expression Love an opportunity to invent or create Need time to Read More

Teaching the “Friendly” Temperament


  Continuing to look at the four basic temperaments individually, let's note again that temperament is not the same thing as personality. Temperament refers to the root motivations and social preferences from which personality grows. While we may admire some traits and find other quirks and behaviors undesirable, it’s important to remember that temperament is a neutral Read More

Teaching the “Fiery” Temperament


Before we begin to look at the four basic temperaments individually, it's important to note that temperament is not exactly the same thing as personality. It might be helpful to think of temperament as the root motivations and social preferences from which our unique personalities grow. It's also important to consider that temperament affects both the teacher and the student, the parent Read More

4 Classic Temperaments


Psychologists describe personality types in many different ways, but one of the easiest ways to categorize temperaments was devised by the ancient Greeks. Your child's temperament is part of what make's him or her unique. On the most basic level, this matrix sorts social preferences and motivations. Social preferences refer not so much to friendliness and self-confidence as Read More