Mental Models describe the lens by which we see the world.
Understanding what mental models are creates the space for learning. For, if we can never know everything, then there is always more to learn. Think of a time when you were sure you were right, and then you learned something that showed you weren’t. We’ve all had that experience. In our exploration of Mental Models we will examine why that’s the case and how mental models can make learning easier.
Deep Dive Webinar
In this 90 minute webinar we will dive more deeply into the research behind it, explore examples and share big and small moves teachers have made to weave mental models into their teaching. The webinar will be part lecture, followed by a Q&A and guided conversation.
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 16th , 2019 7:00 – 8:30pm EST
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Playing with New Ideas
To dive more deeply into Mental Models, you have three parts to your homework:
Teach Mental Models explicitly to your students | Name it, tell them what they are and engage in a new learning experience. Then, share what you did on the Microsoft Teams page. Pictures and videos are great!
Make your small moves | Find small ways to incorporate mental models into your classroom. It might be with sentence starters, reframing an idea as a model, etc.
Read about Mental Models | Below are three readings on Mental Models. Choose one. Read it. Then, on the Microsoft Teams platform, share 1 quote that resonated with you. Comment on two other quotes.
In small groups, you will meet with a mentor. Your mentor will help guide the conversation for everyone to share what they tried, what worked, what didn’t, what questions arose and what’s next. Bring artefacts from your classroom and practice to each session to share. If possible, we encourage you to meet in person with your small team for the session. Your mentor will join you remotely.
Group names and times TBD.