In our KS1 assembly today we carried on thinking about what effective learners do. We looked at the word ‘discombobulate’. At first, we weren’t sure how to say it so we had to look at it more carefully. Then, we segmented the word – breaking it up into syllables. After that, we practised saying the word.
Then we hit a problem…
Mehdi asked, ‘what does it mean?’. So, I put into a sentence:
“I found maths really challenging today. It was really discombobulating!”
Putting the word into a context helped us understand what it meant. Finally we proved that we understood the word by putting it into our own sentences.
So according to this activity good learners: look carefully, break down problems into smaller parts, practised, asked questions, added context (other relevant details) and then proved their learning by trying it out themselves.
Do you agree that this is what a good learner does? Is there anything else that should be added? Let me know.