The Learning Cycle's Notice, Predict, Analyze, Connect allows you to apply the neuroscience of how we learn to ST Math puzzles (and anything else you're trying to learn!).
Learning Cycle Poster
Learning Cycle Question Poster
Notice – the first (and often trickiest) step is getting students to pay attention and notice what’s important. If they're distracted, a game or a story might not get the attention it needs.
Predict – predicting what will happen is vital whether it’s what will happen with all those blocks or what the character in a story will do next.
If a student isn't able to make a prediction, it could be because they are missing important prior knowledge. That issue likely needs to be addressed before expecting a student to be successful.
Action - Clicking that answer or the JiJi Go button or expressing an idea. Do something!
Analyze – After the action, examining what happened and comparing it to what you thought would happen. When this happens right away, the impact on learning is substantial. Could you improve your basketball jump shot if you couldn’t see the basket and were only told the result of your shot the next day?
Connect – applying what you just learned is an essential step in learning. If you’re right, it strengthens what you already know. If you’re not right, there needs to be some adjusting and then the chance to try again.
Families can learn about the Learning Cycle and how it works in ST Math at bit.ly/welcome_stmath
Learn more at How can I introduce my students' families to ST Math?
ST Math Educators can learn more at the ST Math Academy.