4MAT is a framework for teaching created by Bernice McCarthy that addresses the four learning styles of our students.
Who are Our Four Types of Learners?
1- Imaginative Learners: Need to be involved personally; learn by listening and sharing ideas
2- Analytic Learners: Seek facts; need to know what the experts think; (schools are designed for these listeners)
3- Common Sense Learners: Seek usability; need to know how things work; function through inferences drawn from sensory experience
4- Dynamic Learners: Seek hidden possibilities; need to know what can be done with things; learn by trial and error, self-discovery
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As part of her Wildlife Biology Class at Lyman Hall High School, one student has partnered with DEEP’s Wildlife Biologist Peter Picone to create a tree identification program along the Quinnipiac River Gorge Trail in Meriden, CT. As an upcoming teacher, I can’t help but see this as a learning opportunity. We should be doing more of this, i.e., having students apply their learning to make real-world differences. Students who form connections with their community are less likely to drop out of school and more likely to enjoy their coursework. Students who enjoy their coursework/the learning activities offered to them show an increase in learning.
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I recently attended the Digital Writing Conference, held at Central Connecticut State University on October 25th. In 100 words, here is the most important aspect that I took away:
Consider working a multimedia essay into your unit. This project weaves together oral and written narrative, music, images and video into one cohesive presentation. It is recommended that students write a rough draft of their essay first, and then turn the final product into a multimedia piece via a platform such as Google Docs or Prezi. For example, students can write about their family or community (two topics that typically hook kids!) and can include embedded audio interviews, photos of people, places and events, and background music that signifies the discussed culture and might changes to fit the mood of the piece.
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