The study itself is pretty incomprehensible to a non-academic like me, but, as usual, Dan does a great job putting it into layperson’s terms.
Analogies are great ways to promote transfer (see my Ed Week video at the bottom of this post for more info). But even they don’t always work.
The study found that if teachers first introduce the analogy/story and then ask students to write a similar story before they challenge students to apply the analogy to a solving a problem, they’ll do a much better job of transfer than if they are asked to apply only the analogy given by the teacher.
However, it’s hard for me to see how this study has other practical implications in helping students understand transfer of learning outside of incorporating it in the context of a specific lesson on transfer (like the ones I’ve done and written about). Let me know if you have other ideas.
By the way, here’s their response when I asked for permission to republish it here:
We’re happy to have you publish the infographic with attribution to the REL Mid-Atlantic. The document is in the public domain.
It would be great if researchers made finding accessible through infographics!
Edraak is a Arabic-language teaching and learning platform. It was started by the Queen of Jordan. The site has an ESL program and I’m wondering if it would be useful for secondary students. I’d love to hear from teachers who have tried it out. Here’s video about it:
I’ve periodically used existing Chatbots with students for language-learning activities (see The Best Online “Chatbots” For Practicing English). I’m now exploring the possibility of having students create their own for their classmates to use. There are some free tools that seem pretty easy to use, like Rebot. And Botsify will also let you create a audio one for Alexa. Again, I’d love to hear from teachers who might have tried this strategy already.
Do People Say is an intriguing new site that might, or might not, be helpful to ELLs. It lets you “find the context where English word or phrase is used or check if it is used by English speakers at all.” Here’s a video about it:
It seems to me that we teachers, our students and their families would be far better off focusing on improving all the smaller actions that can add up to moderately improved learning than searching for a phantom solution that hits it out of the ballpark.