In 2002, the American Psychological Association formed a coalition for psychology in schools and education. Together they identified 20 key principles for teaching and learning (2015). While the document itself is really straightforward, it is quite lengthy, so I’ve simplified each principle with some practical suggestions for readers of this blog. Much of this is common sense, so there are no ‘game changers’, but it might help to reinforce some of the things we should be attempting to do in our classrooms. This is part 1 of 3:
Part 1 – Principles 1-6: How do students think and learn?*
*I have purposely omitted Principle 7 and 8 from this post. I will be writing about meta-cognition (7) in a post in the next few weeks and the ‘fostering creativity’ principle (8) is ambiguous and weak.