It has been a pleasure observing so many lessons and activities in which Teacher Candidates look to plan and facilitate valuable learning opportunities for their students. These have included both active and more passive learning strategies.
Active learning has been defined as “a process whereby students engage in activities, such as reading, writing, discussion, or problem solving that promote analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of class content.” (from CRLT)
The Cone of Learning (based on Edgar Dale’s “Cone of Experience” make visible how active learning can support retention and knowledge acquisition. There are many ways to accomplish this! (NB: there has been much discussion and literature about the validity of this use of Dale’s model)
I have seen so many examples of active learning in classrooms this week and had several discussions about engagement, so thought it might be interesting to have a conversation and share strategies you are using to promote engagement.
How is it going for you? How have you worked to engage your students? Are you finding ways to put your students at the center? Did you plan something and then, after teaching, consider a way that it might have been more active or more student-centered? What are your thoughts about Active Learning? Are there different ‘level’s of active?