Oct 31, 2010

How can we move anticipatory sets up a notch?

I recently participated in an engaging workshop by Jim Knight (instructional coach guru). My favorite part of the two day workshop was our conversations on thinking devices which are "provocative objects that teachers can use to prompt dialogue and higher order thinking". They also need to be "complex, concise, humanizing, varied and not lame" (Jim Knight, 2010).

When using thinking devices we need to be aware of the kind of learning we want the students engaged in. Jim Knight talked about two kinds of learning when using thinking devices.

1. Mechanical Learning: Mechanical learning refers to the "learning students experience when the knowledge,skills, and big ideas to be learned in a class are unambiguous, when the outcomes are unmistakable and straight forward, and when there is a right and wrong answer that can be clearly identified" (Jim Knight, 2010).

2. Metaphoric Learning:
Metaphorical learning requires higher level thinking and "shares attributes with metaphor; it is by definition ambiguous, and functions indirectly. Metaphorical knowledge has no clear right and wrong outcome" (Jim Knight, 2010).

Jim Knight used a variety of youtube videos for his anticipatory sets and it was really neat to see how each video he showed created a positive climate in the room, which is an important aspect of the thinking device as it needs to be humanizing.

Here some videos he shared:

Playing for Change:

Mechanical Learning: Using google earth, have students identify and plot the places where they recorded the song.
Metaphorical Learning: How can we create change through music?


Metaphorical Learning: How can you persevere?

Maurice Cheeks:

Metaphorical Learning: How can we be leaders?

The Piano

Metaphorical Learning: How can we motivate people by making something more fun?

Here are a few more sites that could prompt great conversations including:

The Slide

The Elevator

The Shopping Carts

Anti Boredom Campaign

The World's Deepest Bin

Bottle Bank Arcade


Which sites have you come across that we could add to this list?


Kim Wedman said...

I also loved Jim Knight's session in Red Deer and found his discussion on thinking devices thought provoking. His timing in his session was impecable and he is definitely a master teacher in how he uses thinking device to engage adult learners. I would love it if you would share on your blog one of your many highly engaging thinking devices using a video game trailer to engage students. A brilliant idea for using media to engage learners!:)

Danielle Spencer said...

Hey Webkinz! Jim Knight sure is a master teacher! He created such a positive, comfortable climate for learning, right from the get go and he was super engaging.

Thanks for thinking my lilliputian idea of using kids' pop culture (gaming) as brilliant. Perhaps I will blog about it....

Kim Wedman said...

I truly did think your idea was brilliant and I hope you do share it sometime:)