Active Learning - "Learn by Doing" (What is "Active…
Active Learning - "Learn by Doing"
What is "Active Learning"?
Active Learning (AL) is an instructional approach where students engage in the material they are studying through reading, writing, speaking, listening and reflections.
AL is in contrast to passive learning where the teacher talks and provides information and students passively receive information.
Students and their learning needs are the focus of active learning.
There are many benefits to active learning including improved critical thinking skills, better retention, increased ability to transfer information to unfamiliar scenarios, higher levels of engagement and motivation, and improved communication and interpersonal skills.
An AL classroom can also have elements of passive learning, but AL strategies are purposely placed and executed during lessons for maximum impact on student learning.
Things to Consider:
Active Learning strategies must be planned and used strategically to be most effective.
Use AL frequently to build and develop student participation
Begin using strategies early in the term and make it a clear classroom expectation.
Explain WHY you are doing a particular activity and how it will benefit students
Choose purposeful groupings and assign roles in groups
Be prepared to intervene and mediate groups when needed
Provide rubrics, checklists for peer review and self-evaluation.
Provide clear, concise instructions and timelines for activities and provide a visual display of expectations/instructions.
Active Learning Strategies:
Active Learning strategies I would like to try more often or incorporate into my teaching are student summons, PBL, and rotating chair discussions.
Active Learning strategies I have experience using in my own classroom include: icebreakers, think/pair/share, stop and jot, focused listing, case studies/scenarios, placemats, 4 corners, share brainstorm, jigsaw.
"What is Active Learning?" Center for Educational Innovation - University of Minnesota.