What Makes Instruction Meaningful? Five Components to Help Every Student Succeed
Some instruction is so impactful that students recall the content decades later, while other types of instruction have students struggling to remember the content long enough to succeed on the next quiz. What is the difference between the two? A three-year research study conducted by the presenter indicates that, while differences in learning styles, socio-economic levels, and social contexts vary, the root causes of learning and processes of content mastery remain constant among all learners. Educator understanding of these root causes creates instruction that is truly meaningful for the learner, and works with the brain’s natural functions for retention and mastery of knowledge. This session will illuminate the five components of meaningful instruction, the research behind their discovery, and how instructors can utilize them to the advantage of their students. The end result is a roadmap for teachers to supercharge learning for students who need it the most!
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Dr. Thompson has spent his 25+ years in education researching what makes effective learning organizations, sustainable change, and meaningful instruction. He embedded himself as a teacher in two schools over the course of three years, in addition to being resident researcher at the NEP Lab School for four years.