Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Language acquisition in DMIC - how to unlock this

Here are some notes I've compiled since returning to DMIC being in PES for 6 months now. I've found that the students are confident about the talk and roles in group. However my lack of knowledge and skill in the DMIC way - group norms and talk moves etc has caused student learning to slow down where it could be soaring :(  So time to get cracking and get up to speed!

  •  Draw attention to the very language you are wanting to promote with your learners. 
  •  Think through how to 'Package' the problems you want children to solve. 
  •  What are they actually solving? 
  •  What language are you using to enable students to connect with the DMIC problems? 
  •  Modelling of DMIC tutors I notice are gentle in sound and approach. 
  •  A lot of praise and encouragement for what the students share. 
  •  Knowing where to stop AND start talking as the teacher. 
  •  How to stay in the background where I'd normally be at the front of class doing all the talking. 
  •  Status being another feature to keep in mind when giving different roles to a team. 
  •  How this can turn the most shy into the most confident. Know the system well to make best use of it

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