Now, I know what you are thinking: “This sounds hard!” Yes, it’s challenging to prep learners for the real world. We can’t just plan out our lessons on the back of napkin after dinner and walk into class the next day expecting to make a difference. It takes a LOT of planning.
In fact, transforming our students into lifelong learners with strong 21st-century skills is like climbing Mount Everest! But what other option do we have? This is the emotional labor you and I signed up for, so we ought to do it and keep our promise to learners, helping them to become better, one classroom session at a time.
But since it’s hard, maybe a real-world-oriented learning facilitation guidelines is a good place to start. They might help you prioritize cognitive tasks, metacognitive skills, and real-world examples and experiences. And coupled with the right tools and strategies, maybe these learning facilitation guidelines can help students transform shallow learning into flexible knowledge.
The guidelines are divided into 7 sections: 1) Real-Word Teaching Goals, 2) Learner-Centered Facilitation, 3)Decision-Making, 4)Effective Classroom Practice, 5)Learning Reinforcement, 6) Assessment & Evaluation and 7) Learning or Knowledge Transfer. You shouldn’t expect to address all the principles and all 30 questions in these guidelines in every lesson you teach. But using some of them to plan a chapter or unit is a step in the right direction.
Now, let’s review the principles and the questions in the real-world-oriented learning facilitation guidelines.