Skills gap

Thai culture

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Submitted by Brian Mason on July 24, 2018 - 4:30pm

This is a discussion of Thai culture as it relates to learning. 

The focus is on understanding, mitigating the worst, and leveraging the best. 

Remedial Material

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Submitted by Brian Mason on December 16, 2016 - 10:00am

For weaker leaners the system can make rich material from previous years available.  Not all material because that would be imtimidating and worse than useless.  Material tuned by teachers over years to what the learner is trying to express.  

An example is markup for a missing article.  The reference contains some hints for median learners who understand the basic ideas but are having some trouble applying in this particupal instance.  It is too hard for a weak learner because they stopped learning years ago.

Teacher's Assistant

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Submitted by Brian Mason on December 16, 2016 - 9:41am

One strategy for helping talented bored students is to facilitate them acting as Teacher's Assistants (TAs).  An example is to enable them to markup some peer's work with teacher monitoring.

Stronger students and weaker students learn more.  

TAs might be celebrated or effectively secret, TAs provide feedback online and perhaps discretely in person, depending on the school culture.

The system can add value by giving select students markup access to a few other student's class work.

Skills gap

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Submitted by Brian Mason on December 16, 2016 - 9:14am

Due to talent differences, interests, grouping students by age regardless (aka platooning), and background there are always large gaps in skills within a class.  A common way this manifests is that some are bored and many are lost.  This contributes to behavior problems and retards learning.

How can this system help me mitigate this problem?