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Mindful Moments: How to Use Micro-Activities to Promote Learning. Dr. Lisa Dinella & Dr. Natalie Ciarocco Psychology Department. CETL Presentation October 12, 2011. References. This presentation was based on the following works:

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mindful moments how to use micro activities to promote learning

Mindful Moments: How to Use Micro-Activities to Promote Learning

Dr. Lisa Dinella & Dr. Natalie Ciarocco

Psychology Department

CETL Presentation October 12, 2011

references
References
  • This presentation was based on the following works:
    • Marin, A (2011, January). Using Active Learning to Energize the Psychology Classroom: Fifty Exercises That Take Five Minutes or Less. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete, FL.
    • Marin, A. (in press). The art of the mindful moment: How to use micro-activities to promote learning. Accepted for publication in College Learning. Heldref Publications.
    • Marin, A. (2011). The Interactive Learning Companion for Introductory Psychology. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education.
question of the day
Question of the Day

What was the worst lecture that you have ever attended?

  • What made it the worst?
brain based learning
Brain Based Learning
  • Attention span is ~10 minutes
  • Vision trumps all other senses
  • Rehearsal & active processing of information
  • Learn better when we are interested & motivated
  • Don’t Resist the Science!
obstacles to active learning
Obstacles to Active Learning
  • May require you to cut content
  • Takes time to change the class
  • Risky psychologically
introducing mindful moments
Introducing Mindful Moments
  • Guidelines for creating and using mindful moments
    • Should only last a few minutes
    • Should require the student to process the information actively
    • Students must be accountable for the end product
categories
Categories
  • Minute Papers
  • Visual Learning
  • Assessment
  • Student Interaction
  • Discussion/Debate
  • Pop Culture
  • Critical Thinking

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who could use it
Who Could Use It?
  • How could YOU use it?
    • Select one of the activities on the handout to apply to a class you are teaching right now.
      • Share with a neighbor!
benefits of using micro activities
Benefits of Using Micro-Activities
  • Work with diverse teaching styles
  • Reinforce secondary learning objectives
    • Mindfulness: We are better at this than our students!
  • Flexible and user friendly
  • Good form of assessment
    • Close your eyes . . .
  • So short, it is a reasonable risk!
take home message
Take Home Message
  • You have 2 minutes to summarize the main point of today’s presentation.
      • Share with the group!!!
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