DARTs- actively engaging with textsA good friend of mine is a Science AST. When not being observed by senior management he is a dedicated practitioner of a technique he has invented called ‘Copying for Learning’. There are more active methods of learning that are linked to using written sources such as a course text book: DARTs- ‘Directed Activities Related to Text’. DARTs were developed for the English curriculum in order to facilitate students’ engagement with written sources. They are invaluable to all teachers of all subjects at all levels who have written materials that they want to use with learners. There are a mulititude of DART activities that vary in complexity, and in the amount of pre-planning and resource creation required to use them in the classroom. DARTs- exploring the different techniquesSpecific DARTs techniques that have individually measured effect sizes are considered individually via the buttons on the left of this page. However, to provide an overview of techniques, the links below describe a broad range of DARTs techniques.Each is designed to: •Actively engage the learner with the materials•Promote interaction with the information being presented•Require the learner to make a decision about the material within the text•Require reasoning about the ideas rather than simple reproduction of those ideasThe simple summary to the right is from www.nottinghamschools.co.uk, it provides an indication of the types of techniques that require reasonable time dedicated to adaptation of an existing text, and those techniques that lend themselves to use with un-modified text.Click the image to open up a PDF.DARTs techniques in detailClick here to download a 20 page PDF darts Information booklet from www.swanseagfl.gov.uk. I have taken the liberty of editing out the various mentions of learning styles.Another useful but less detailed list from www.excellencegateway.org.uk can be downloaded from here.