Small Teaching: Chapter 4 – Connecting

You can help students make connections in the material they are learning with knowledge dumps- to remind students what they know, and let you know what they know, frameworks- such as partially completed notes where students can complete the details, but the big ideas are already there, and concept maps.

I sometimes use the knowledge dump when introducing slope. Many students remember pieces of that topic. Our current Math 081 book is a work text so it essentially has a notes template. I think it sometimes does not connect the big ideas so I try to do that on review days. I also mention how topics interleave as topics like proportion are revisited 3 to 4 times during the semester. I have done concept maps as parts of reviews as well.

For me the most useful part of the chapter was a reminder to at least periodically show how all the big ideas in the course are tied together.

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