Ken Bain, The First Day

Ken Bain discusses the way students tend to take a surface, strategic, or deep learning approach to learning.  According to Bain, people are most likely to take a deep approach “when they are trying to answer questions, or solve problems, that they, (the learner) have come to regard as important, intriguing, or just beautiful.”

He describes how you can use the first day of class to cultivate an interest in  your students that can lead them to taking a deep learning approach.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.

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