Manuel Alban

Classroom Activities

Game-Based Learning vs. Gamification

Game-based learning involves using actual games to teach specific skills or concepts, while gamification incorporates game-like elements, such as points and rewards, into non-game contexts to enhance motivation and engagement. Gamification adds game elements to traditional learning activities. Both are teaching strategies to enhance the learning experience, increase engagement, and improve retention of information. In essence, they both use game principles to make learning more enjoyable and effective. However, there are some differences.
Game-based Learning (GBL) is when learners use …

Teaching Strategies

What Is Coursework?

Coursework definition: In the context of the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), coursework represents a standard academic task assigned during the study period. Its purpose is to assess the student’s knowledge and skills, as well as to determine their final grade. This form of writing assignment is commonly encountered by students in U.S. colleges.
In other words, coursework projects are distinct from essays, research papers, or dissertations. Instead, they integrate elements of all three into a comprehensive format. Coursework is…

Professional Development

Tips for Strengthening Working Memory when Teaching

Enhancing your working memory holds the key to unlocking more efficient learning retention. Working memory, which is often likened to a mental sticky note, is a cognitive function critical for reasoning, decision-making, and formulating strategies. 
Harnessing the power of current research-based strategies, educators can optimize the learning process and empower students with the ability to process and retain information effectively…

Classroom Management

How to Distinguish Empathy from Sympathy

When it comes to education, the relationship between teachers and students is pivotal. Two closely related yet distinct emotions – empathy and sympathy – play vital roles in shaping this relationship and fostering students’ holistic growth. 
While both are crucial, it’s the cultivation of empathy that can truly transform connections, promoting understanding, compassion, and genuine rapport.