Focusing of mental processing on particular stimuli.
Theoretical perspective in which learning and behavior are described and explained in terms of stimulus-response relationships.
Theoretical perspective that focuses on the mental processes underlying learning and behavior, including perception, memory, and reasoning.
Theoretical perspective that focuses on how people’s general physical, social, and/or cultural surroundings support their learning, development, and behavior.
Complex thinking, learning, and knowledge are located primarily in the upper and outer parts of the brain collectively known as the _____, which rests on the top and sides of the brain like a thick, bumpy toupee.
A learner’s existing knowledge about specific topics and the world in general.
Where learners store general knowledge and beliefs about the world, recollections of past experiences, and information learned in school.
Involves recognizing a relationship between new information and something previously stored in long-term memory.
Ability to save something (mentally) that has been previously learned; also, the mental “location” where such information is saved.
Process of mentally “finding” information previously stored in memory.
Stimulus that provides guidance about where to “look” for a piece of information in long-term memory.
Cognitive process in which a learner tries to remember information in a relatively uninterpreted form, with little or no effort to make sense of or attach meaning to it.
The component of memory that holds the information you receive from your senses in more or less its original, unencoded form.
Theoretical perspective that focuses on how people learn by observing others and how they eventually assume control over their own behavior.
Theoretical perspective emphasizing the importance of society and culture in promoting learning and development.
Long-term change in mental representations or associations due to experience.
The specific things individuals do mentally as they try to interpret and remember what they see, hear and study.
The component of memory where attended-to information stays for a short time so that learners can make better sense of it.
A certain amount of information that learners must simultaneously think about, along with certain ways that they must think about it, in order to make sense of and remember what they’re studying.
A learner changes or adds to incoming information in some way in order to remember it more easily.

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What is a crossword?

Crossword puzzles have been published in newspapers and other publications since 1873. They consist of a grid of squares where the player aims to write words both horizontally and vertically.

Next to the crossword will be a series of questions or clues, which relate to the various rows or lines of boxes in the crossword. The player reads the question or clue, and tries to find a word that answers the question in the same amount of letters as there are boxes in the related crossword row or line.

Some of the words will share letters, so will need to match up with each other. The words can vary in length and complexity, as can the clues.

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Crosswords can use any word you like, big or small, so there are literally countless combinations that you can create for templates. It is easy to customise the template to the age or learning level of your students.

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Once you’ve picked a theme, choose clues that match your students current difficulty level. For younger children, this may be as simple as a question of “What color is the sky?” with an answer of “blue”.

Are crosswords good for students?

Crosswords are a great exercise for students' problem solving and cognitive abilities. Not only do they need to solve a clue and think of the correct answer, but they also have to consider all of the other words in the crossword to make sure the words fit together.

If this is your first time using a crossword with your students, you could create a crossword FAQ template for them to give them the basic instructions.

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