Ken Bain, Testing Is Better Than Rehearsing

Ken Bain discusses how formative assessment (what he refers to as “testing in a non-threatening environment”) is actually better for students than just just studying over the information repeatedly (what he calls “rehearsing”).  He points out that there is actually a large body of research supporting this.

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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Ken Bain, Begin With A Story

Ken Bain talks about beginning your first class with a story.  He references Professor Michael Sandel, who teaches a course on ethics at Harvard University.  Sandell’s begins his first course with: “This is a course on ethics and we begin with a story.”   A video recording of that class session is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBdfcR-8hEY.

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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Ken Bain, Doing the Discipline

Ken Bain discusses the fact that we do not have to “stuff the student’s brain full of facts” before they can start “doing” the discipline they are studying.  His example is the piano teacher.  The teacher does not tell the student they cannot play the piano until they learn to play the piano.

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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Ken Bain, Concepts of Intelligent

Ken Bain addresses the concepts of fixed versus growth mindsets.  [Bain does not use the term growth mindset, he used flexible or expandable.]

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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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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