Tip #988:  What Real Learning Requires- Part Three

In Part One, we considered the first two essential requirements for real learning to occur, according to David Rock: Attention and Generation. In Part Two, we looked at Rock’s additional requirements: Emotion and Spacing. In this Tip, we’ll look at the last two requirements, which I have proposed: Interest and Meaning.

Interest: If we want people to focus their attention, we first need to attract their attention.

Interest is one of the seven motivational tools identified by Dr. Madeline Hunter in her Mastery Teaching Model. We can promote interest by using the learners’ interest in themselves or by accentuating what is different or unexpected about the information.

We need to arouse their interest and spark their curiosity, so they want to know or learn about something.

Meaning: If we want people to focus their attention, the information needs to be meaningful to them, providing something of real value and importance. They need to know: What’s in it for them? How will it benefit them?

Meaning is one of the four properties of learning identified by Dr. Madeline Hunter in her Mastery Teaching Model. In essence, it is easier for learners to learn information that is meaningful to them because it builds on something they already know (positive transfer).

We tune out what does not make any sense to us.

The addition of these two elements would make the resulting acronym IMAGES- Interest, Meaning, Attention, Generation, Emotion, Spacing.

Question: Do you agree with these “must-haves”, or would you revise or add to them?

May your learning be sweet.


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