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;
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.