Mediated Learning Activity


Earlier in this presentation we spoke about informally assessing a child for vocabulary skills using Dynamic Assessment and The Mediated Learning Experience (MLE). 

Teaching Vocabulary

Strategy

Purpose

Example

Intentionality:

What’s the goal?

State the purpose of what we’re teaching from the student’s perspective

Today we're going to learn

about special names.

Meaning:

Why are we working on this?

Tell why it’s important and relevant from the student’s perspective

Special names are important because they help us tell things apart.

Transcendence:

What happens if the child doesn’t have this skill?

Develop awareness of the relevance of the skill to real life through critical thinking

What would happen if something broke on your bike? Would you need to use a special name to get help?

Application:

Here’s what you need to do.  Let’s try it together.

Clarify expectations and give explicit instructions. Provide a model and allow opportunities for practice.

Offer opportunities to practice in various contexts, with different people and new locations

Competence:

What did you learn? Why is it important? When will you use this skill?

Check for understanding of the skill and its importance for the current context and future classroom activities.  Provide more opportunities to practice

We look at how well the child attended to the task, how well he understood single-word names, and how well she was able to pick up on using the new words.

In the space below, describe how you would assess a child's ability to learn how to follow directions using the strategies learned about the Mediated Learning Experience. (Note: This is an exercise that is not a graded. An example of a plan is presented below).

Following Directions

Strategy

Purpose

Example

Intentionality:

What’s the goal?

State the purpose of what we’re teaching from the student’s perspective

Meaning:

Why are we working on this?

Tell why it’s important and relevant from the student’s perspective

Transcendence:

What happens if the child doesn’t have this skill?

Develop awareness of the relevance of the skill to real life through critical thinking

Application:

Here’s what you need to do.  Let’s try it together.

Clarify expectations and give explicit instructions. Provide a model and allow opportunities for practice.

Competence:

What did you learn? Why is it important? When will you use this skill?

Check for understanding of the skill and its importance for the current context and future classroom activities.  Provide more opportunities to practice