What is the Accelerated Learning Cycle in Teaching Learning? Finally a Summary of ALC!

What is the Accelerated Learning Cycle in Teaching Learning? Finally a Summary of ALC!
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The Accelerated Learning Cycle is based on the work of Alastair Smith and ALITE, amongst other educational professionals. It stems from the idea of a supportive and challenging learning environment. The cycle has active engagement through multi-sensory learning, encourages the demonstrating understanding of learning in a variety of ways and the consolidation of knowing.

This is a summary of each of the phases;

1. Connection    

  • This stage is about orienting the learner to the learning.
  • Connect by grabbing their attention, through games, music, pictures and so on.
  • Show the Big Picture and justify the learning to the learner, and explain why it will be useful.
  • Describe the outcomes and share the success criteria
  • Create and develop the learning environment.
  • Connect to what has been learnt previously and what is known. 
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2. Activation

  • This is where learners find the information and begin to make sense of it.
  • They will need to use a variety of intelligences and tools to assist.
  • Use VAK learning to cater for different learners.
  • Activities such as description, reflection, & speculation.
  • Solve problems in variety of situations and allow learners to construct  own meanings.

3. Demonstration

  • This is where learners have the opportunity to show that they have understood what they have learnt so far in the lesson.
  • Learners are to demonstrate what they know.
  • Learners to share what is being learned.
  • Feedback on improving and moving forward.

4. Consolidation

  • In the final stage of the cycle, students have the opportunity to consolidate their learning through meaningful review.
  • Reflect on what has been learned and where to go next.
  • Combine paired, small group and whole class activities.
  • Preview what will come in the next lesson.

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