In this 4-minute video, Education Week Teacher blogger Larry Ferlazzo shares five ways teachers can help students make connections across subject areas and the world beyond the classroom. It's a quick introduction to the topic and a nice reminder for experienced teachers. To his five ways, I'd add:
- Teach concepts to mastery. Easier to transfer learning to situations if you really know it in the first place.
- Simulate the environment. Larry's tip about group work relates to this in a general way, but specific simulations can increase the chances learning will transfer. Role playing is one method to accomplish this.
I'd also have either omitted the annoying, repetitive sound track or chosen one that was not so boring. It distracted me from what he had to say. Good lesson for us when we create such presentations! Nonetheless, he offers good ideas; if the sound track annoys you too, just try to ignore it.
Watch the video.