How can you tell if students have grasped a concept? Ask them to show knowledge of ‘deep structures’ and all will become clear
Explanation is at the heart of what we teachers do – look up the definition of “to teach” on any search engine or in any dictionary and “explain” will be at the forefront of every listing.
In a recent piece for the TES magazine, I discussed motivation. I drew an example from my own experience regarding cryptic crosswords: I have little ability at solving such crosswords and I am not motivated to do so whereas I have friends who enjoy solving cryptic crosswords and are good at it.
The key to motivation lies in breaking down large tasks and mastering the basics before moving on to higher-level activities
If good teaching rests somewhere between a quantifiable science and an idiosyncratic art, then the strategies that we use to motivate students reside more at the arty end of the spectrum.