There’s an old adage that says “if a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
In this video, Constance Seibert shares how the Learning Differences MOOC-Ed hosted by the Friday Institute helped her better understand the different ways her students learn. The course focuses on three constructs of learning that educators can use to better understand and support students’ learning needs: working memory, executive function, and motivation.
Constance reflects on the fact that all students can learn, and she shares some strategies and activities that helped her better understand this. She shares activities big and small that she used to help all of her students.
From simple adjustments such as writing and verbalizing directions to bigger revelations about the nature of motivation, Constance found the course helped her be better in her role.
The Learning Differences MOOC-Ed strives to model some of the approaches teachers can use with their students. We know that, just as all students learn differently, teachers learn differently too.
The self-directed nature of the MOOC-Ed can help teachers glean meaning from the course in whatever way works best for their own practice. The self-paced aspect of the course means that when life happens or when they need more time to dig into content, teachers can. The ability to step into the shoes of students helps teachers realize how their practices might affect their learners whose needs may vary from their own. Finally, the ability to connect with educators from around the globe makes the course a community where educators can continue their journey to meeting the needs of all learners.
To sign up for the Learning Differences MOOC-Ed, visit go.ncsu.edu/ldmooc. The course starts on October 2!