Teaching strategies

How to Use Dual Coding to Improve Learning: Words + Visuals on Student Materials

How to Use Dual Coding to Improve Learning: Words + Visuals on Student Materials

Dual coding – pairing relevant images with words – is a strategy from cognitive psychology that makes the most of the visual and audio channels for learning in working memory. Teachers can use dual coding strategies to design classroom materials that enhance learning and improve adult student outcomes in their behavior-change course.

How to Build Executive Functions During the 1st 15 Minutes of Class

How to Build Executive Functions During the 1st 15 Minutes of Class

If you teach trauma-impacted adult students who struggle with executive functions, try these evidence-based strategies in the first 15 minutes of your class to help them reduce their anxiety and build critical executive functions needed to achieve their learning goals.

Make Your Classroom Safe + Productive for Trauma-Impacted Learners

Make Your Classroom Safe + Productive for Trauma-Impacted Learners

Because one-third of adult learners are trauma impacted, teachers, trainers and college faculty must be equipped with strategies to help these learners relax their vigilance and free up psychological energy for learning. One place to start is by creating safety, predictability and consistency through trauma-informed classroom structures and processes.

Test for Transfer to Real Life with Demonstration of Learning Tasks

Test for Transfer to Real Life with Demonstration of Learning Tasks

The last activity of your lesson or training should include a performance task in which learners apply what they've learned to a real-life task. Create these demonstration of learning tasks to mimic the situations in which learners will need to use what they know and make this the last task of your session.