In my last post, I described how I introduced the growth mindset concept to my students using a video embedded in Zaption. This post will describe how I introduced studying and learning techniques described in the book Make it Stick to my 11-12 grade students.
After reading the book this summer, I wanted to share some the Make It Stick learning concepts to my students. However, the research is fairly new, and although there are a variety of articles published on the internet about this topic (specifically, I would recommend Annie Murphy Paul’s recent stories in Scientific American), most of them are geared toward either an audience of educators or adults.
My other objective was getting a pulse on my students’ reading abilities. I’d hoped by finding articles about this topic, I could also get a baseline measurement of student comprehension through their short responses.
Finally, I found three articles that worked well:
I uploaded these articles to the Actively Learn website, where you can embed questions and media into a piece of writing. Plus, it has a super-slick grading screen that allows you to move through student responses faster than any product I’ve seen.
The last step that students completed was a sketch note, where they wrote and sketched what they thought were the most interesting highlights of the articles. Below are some student examples: