woensdag 27 februari 2013


Hoogbegaafdheidsprofielen van Betts en Neihart
De hoogbegaafdheidsprofielen van Betts en Neihart worden in onderstaande tekst met een beknopte typering weergegeven. 

De succesvolle leerling
De succesvolle leerling levert goede prestaties, is perfectionistisch, vermijdt risico en zoekt bevestiging van de leerkracht.

De uitdagende leerling
De uitdagende leerling is creatief, komt op voor eigen opvattingen, is competitief, heeft grote stemmingswisselingen, is eerlijk en direct

De onderduikende leerling
De onderduikende leerling ontkent zijn of haar begaafdheid, vermijdt uitdaging, zoekt sociale acceptatie en wisselt in vriendschappen

De drop-out
De drop-out is creatief, zoekt buitenschoolse uitdaging, isoleert zich zelf, verstoort, presteert gemiddeld of minder, bekritiseert zichzelf en anderen

De dubbel gelabelde leerling
De dubbel gelabelde leerling (met leer- en/of gedragsproblemen) werkt inconsistent, presteert gemiddeld of minder (mogelijk als gevolg van een onderliggend leerprobleem), verstoort en reageert af

De zeflstandige leerling
De zeflstandige leerling heeft goede sociale vaardigheden, werkt zelfstandig, ontwikkelt eigen doelen, werkt zonder bevestiging, is creatief, komt op voor eigen opvattingen en neemt risico

Multifactorenmodel van Monks: 

Multifactorenmodel van Heller:

Guns, Germs and Steel - Jared Diamond

Guns, Germs, and Steel is a 1997 book by Jared Diamond, professor of geography and physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

The book attempts to explain why Eurasian civilizations (in which he includes North Africa) have survived and conquered others, while arguing against the idea that Eurasian hegemony is due to any form of Eurasian intellectual, moral or inherent genetic superiority.

A documentary based on the book was produced by the National Geographic Society in 2005.

zondag 17 februari 2013

Why classroom tests?

Why do we give tests? What purpose does it serve? Well,  to  start  with  because  we  need  to  know  how  children  are  doing  in school.  Ever since there have been schools, teachers have used tests of various  kinds  to  find  out  how  well  students  are  learning  and  if  their instruction has been successful or not.   But the reasons for testing don’t stop there.

In general, teachers use classroom tests to:
  • Diagnose student strengths and weaknesses.
  • Monitor each student’s progress.
  • Assign grades.
  • Determine the teacher’s own instructional effectiveness.
  • Provide information to inform instructional and curricular decisions.
  • Help teachers clarify their instructional intentions.

Twenty rules of formulating knowledge

Here are the twenty rules of formulating knowledge. You will notice that the first 16 rules revolve around making memories simple! Some of the rules strongly overlap. For example: do not learn if you do not understand is a form of applying the minimum information principle which again is a way of making things simple:

  1. Do not learn if you do not understand
  2. Learn before you memorize - build the picture of the whole before you dismember it into simple items in SuperMemo. If the whole shows holes, review it again!
  3. Build upon the basics - never jump both feet into a complex manual because you may never see the end. Well remembered basics will help the remaining knowledge easily fit in
  4. Stick to the minimum information principle - if you continue forgetting an item, try to make it as simple as possible. If it does not help, see the remaining rules (cloze deletion, graphics, mnemonic techniques, converting sets into enumerations, etc.)
  5. Cloze deletion is easy and effective - completing a deleted word or phrase is not only an effective way of learning. Most of all, it greatly speeds up formulating knowledge and is highly recommended for beginners
  6. Use imagery - a picture is worth a thousand words
  7. Use mnemonic techniques - read about peg lists and mind maps. Study the books by Tony Buzan. Learn how to convert memories into funny pictures. You won't have problems with phone numbers and complex figures
  8. Graphic deletion is as good as cloze deletion - obstructing parts of a picture is great for learning anatomy, geography and more
  9. Avoid sets - larger sets are virtually un-memorizable unless you convert them into enumerations!
  10. Avoid enumerations - enumerations are also hard to remember but can be dealt with using cloze deletion
  11. Combat interference - even the simplest items can be completely intractable if they are similar to other items. Use examples, context cues, vivid illustrations, refer to emotions, and to your personal life
  12. Optimize wording - like you reduce mathematical equations, you can reduce complex sentences into smart, compact and enjoyable maxims
  13. Refer to other memories - building memories on other memories generates a coherent and hermetic structure that forgetting is less likely to affect. Build upon the basics and use planned redundancy to fill in the gaps
  14. Personalize and provide examples - personalization might be the most effective way of building upon other memories. Your personal life is a gold mine of facts and events to refer to. As long as you build a collection for yourself, use personalization richly to build upon well established memories
  15. Rely on emotional states - emotions are related to memories. If you learn a fact in the sate of sadness, you are more likely to recall it if when you are sad. Some memories can induce emotions and help you employ this property of the brain in remembering
  16. Context cues simplify wording - providing context is a way of simplifying memories, building upon earlier knowledge and avoiding interference
  17. Redundancy does not contradict minimum information principle - some forms of redundancy are welcome. There is little harm in memorizing the same fact as viewed from different angles. Passive and active approach is particularly practicable in learning word-pairs. Memorizing derivation steps in problem solving is a way towards boosting your intellectual powers!
  18. Provide sources - sources help you manage the learning process, updating your knowledge, judging its reliability, or importance
  19. Provide date stamping - time stamping is useful for volatile knowledge that changes in time
  20. Prioritize - effective learning is all about prioritizing. In incremental reading you can start from badly formulated knowledge and improve its shape as you proceed with learning (in proportion to the cost of inappropriate formulation). If need be, you can review pieces of knowledge again, split it into parts, reformulate, reprioritize, or delete.

zaterdag 16 februari 2013

The Power of Outrospective

donderdag 14 februari 2013

Cultural differences

The way people communicate with each other reflects their cultural orientation.

And it is this cultural diversity that is worth exploring.

donderdag 7 februari 2013

Use your brain

woensdag 6 februari 2013

Ben Tiggelaar






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