Tips for blends 5: Build in lots of opportunities to practise new skills

We have already discussed how easy it is to overload learners with information, particularly abstract theory, facts and procedures. Another side effect of our focus on knowledge is that we allow far too little time for learners to practise new skills. Imagine if you went to a tennis lesson and spent the whole time watching videos and discussing tactics: how frustrating this would be?

Generally speaking it’s best to provide the learner with the absolute minimum amount of information they need before they can start practising. You can top up on the theory later, as they encounter difficulties and are striving to get better. That’s why coaching can play a valuable role in so many blends.

Next: Use guided discovery to get across the big ideas
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