I had a few referrals lately that desperately needed help with Afrikaans poems. My role is not to teach Afrikaans but to empower learners ‘how to learn’ (even Afrikaans poems!). I always start with myself and try and use everything I know about the science of learning to figure out effective ways to learn something myself, like the Grade 12 poems.
I have not really worked with the Grade 12 Afrikaans poems for a while, and therefore I tried to find resources. I could not believe the number of resources that were freely available on the internet to support Grade 12 learners in South Africa. Well done teachers! You are working hard!
As I am currently doing a lot of reading and personal research about Cognitive Load Theory (and related theories) and reading my newest book, Dual Coding with Teachers, I started reflecting about how the poems were analysed and which resources were more helpful and how I could use it as part of what I planned to do to support my referrals.
I do not want to write about all my thoughts right now, but want to highlight two things that we can see from the images that I have included.
- There are many ways to do/teach something
- Some ways are more effective and will make learning (or communication), retention and retrieval easier.
But how can we really know which methods are more effective? And, how can we create PowerPoint presentations and notes more effectively as they have the POWER to enhance or hamper learning?
The more we understand about Cognitive Load Theory, Dual Coding and related theories, the better we can create learning material that will enhance learning.
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