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The 8 Strategies Teachers Can Use to Improve Learning Mastery

A generative learning walk through

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Learning depends both on what is presented and on the learner’s cognitive processing during learning

The 8 principles of sense-making

  1. Summarising
  2. Mapping
  3. Drawing
  4. ImaginingSelf-testing
  5. Self-explaining
  6. Teaching
  7. Enacting

The Mighty Ms

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Testing the 8 principles and the Mighty Ms

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  1. Is open-ended.
  2. Is thought-provoking & intellectually engaging, often sparking discussion & debate.
  3. Calls for higher-order thinking, such as analysis, inference, evaluation, prediction. It cannot be effectively answered by recall alone.
  4. Points toward important, transferable ideas within (and sometimes across) disciplines.
  5. Raises additional questions & sparks further inquiry.
  6. Requires support and justification, not just an answer.
  7. Recurs over time; that is, the question can & should be revisited again & again.
  • Why….?
  • How would it be different if….?
  • What are the reasons….?
  • Suppose that….?
  • What if….?
  • What if we knew….?
  • What is the purpose of….?
  • What would change if….?
  • Had…..would…..have occurred?
  • How influential was……in……?
  • How does…..relate to…..?
  • How might……help us to understand…..?
  • What does…..reveal about…..?
  • Could……have happened without…..?
  • Does…..matter when trying to understand the reasons for….?


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Hannah Young

I write about education, wellbeing, digital content creation & marketing