Teaching Students Cognitive Skills

Teaching Students Cognitive Skills


This course discusses research on teaching by explaining how teachers and their students think and learn – revealing how they build knowledge and create lasting learning experiences.  The research is using the tools and habits of thinking, remembering and learning.

2 Semester Credits, ED 501

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Learning Outcomes

  • How long-term and present memory works with thinking and learning.
  • The importance of facts and knowledge as a foundation for further thinking and learning.
  • The importance of meaning.  It is important to know that you remember things that have meaning.
  • The importance of organizing ideas in a lesson plan coherently, so that students will understand and remember.
  • About tools such as mnemonics, acronyms and discovery to aid in learning.
  • Ways of interacting with students that they find engaging, as students learn more easily when they have connected personally with teachers.
  • The three important benefits of practicing and drilling.
  • How a student interprets and processes information.

Text:  Willingham, D. (2009).  Why don’t students like school. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass

Requirements of Participation

This Independent Study Class.  Class assignments and activities are designed to enhance students’ education and develop their skills in research, critical analysis, academic writing.