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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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