Some ideas to encourage a Noticing frame of mind.
In the early stages of building your students’ learning power your role is to; make them aware of the behaviour; talk about it (what, how, why, when, if); celebrate its use; give opportunities to practise it, both in lessons and elsewhere; reflect on it to improve it. This staged start is reflected below…
- Firstly… make students aware of the use and importance of noticing…when, where, why, how they are or could be doing it
- Then… explore noticing a little more through the language of noticing
- Try… using noticing as a lesson starter to tune students into using it
- Then start… blending noticing into the way you teach the content. Use specific noticing strategies to deepen content understanding.
- Ensure… students reflect on the success or otherwise of their noticing frame of mind.
1. Make students aware of Noticing
How you make your students aware of the words that describe the behaviour and why it is important to use it.
2. Explore the language of Noticing
How you might extend the language and understanding of this behaviour
3. Use Noticing as a lesson starter
Use a quick starter to key your students into the learning behaviour you want to concentrate on in the lesson. i.e. here you are starting up their noticing behaviour
As you develop greater understanding of noticing you will need to design learning activities which, by their very nature, will deepen students’ tendency to Notice AND their understanding of the content.
Here is an idea where, by using noticing, students will gain an understanding of the content AND will develop a Noticing habit.
4. Focus on Noticing as a learning strategy
Draw out the noticing behaviour being used in a thinking routine.
Primary and Secondary
And here is an idea that will help students to understand the noticing process.
5. An activity to highlight and strengthen Noticing
Design specific activities to highlight and strengthen the behaviour