Slowing teaching: cognitive breaks to promote learning
The speed at which our brain processes information varies from person to person; some will quickly analyze auditory data, while others will be more effective when information is captured visually, for example. In all cases, if we have more time to process the information, the quality of the thinking and the connections that are created in our mind improve. To foster student learning, we can introduce a simple strategy of creating a conscious space for classroom thinking, by slowing the flow of our speech and punctuating our lesson with breaks of silence. This short text explains how these cognitive breaks are effective and proposes eight different kinds of breaks that can be used advantageously by a teacher in the classroom.
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