The Guided Experience Approach to teaching emerges out of the Brain/Mind learning principles.
Essential Elements for Great Teaching
The platform is a set of three elements that must be present for powerful, meaningful teaching that seeks to develop student understanding and real world competence. These are:
The orchestrated immersion of learners in complex experiences in which essential content is embedded;
An optimal and sustained state of mind that is a blend of low threat and high intrinsic motivation. We call it relaxed alertness; and
The ongoing active processing of experience so that it is continually mined for the various learning outcomes that are being generated.
Core aspects of instruction
Here are core features of of the Guided Experience Approach for teaching almost anything:
Multisensory Immersive Experiences. These are direct, real-world experiences. Theyoften constitute a student’s preliminary exposure to a new subject or material to be explored. They may be brief and focused, or substantial and ongoing as in complex real world projects.
Sensory Processing of phenomena generated by the experiences. This expandsawareness of the details and previous experience and triggers greater interest.
Student centered adaptive questions.These are based onauthentic student interests and may emerge out of their own lives, interests and confusion.
Planning, organizing, and research.This represents the wide range of ways inwhich students might look for and/or be exposed to specific, targeted content. Here we find real inquiry into a topic. It combines such elements as collective and individual inquiry, teacher-led sessions, explanations, and direct instruction on occasion.
Rigorous thinking. Teachers facilitate discussions, analysis and rigorous thinking by and between students in a multitude of ways, to ensure that they engage deeply and in a personally relevant way with the subject matter.
Coaching and skill development. A wide range of skills, having to do both with contentand personal development, will be called upon and enhanced.
Constant active processing.This ranges from practice and rehearsal to discussions andreflection, and is a primary vehicle for teacher guidance, collective learning, real time feedback and formative assessment.
Creating a product or real world performance of some kind. The concern with action andperformance both helps with the learning and provides a solid basis for assessment of the many different learning outcomes.
Formal feedback and summative assessment in some meaningful and useful form.This isof value to the learner and also provides educators and others with indicators about student accomplishment of the various learning outcomes. Standardized tests and grades play a useful role in context, but are only part of a range of assessment that can include self-assessment, performance assessment of various kinds, and both informal and formal responses from the wider community.
TEDx talk about the Manchester Bidwell Corporation
High Tech High Shool
High Tech High began in 2000 as a single charter high school launched by a coalition of San Diego business leaders and educators. It has evolved into an integrated network of schools spanning grades K-12, housing a comprehensive teacher certification program and a new, innovative Graduate School of Education.
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THE DNA OF LEARNING
Note all the elements of the Guided Experience Approach as a part of the larger context of the apprentice community.