Why Active Learning Makes Knowledge Stick

Critical Thinking and transforming the role of the teacher to a facilitator have been a part of many endeavors for DCPS.

This article from Mentoring Minds outlines Active Learning and implementation ideas. 

[Active learning is] when students are engaged in more activities than just listening. They are involved in dialog, debate, writing, and problem solving, as well as higher-order thinking. (Bonwell, C., and Eison, J., 1991)

Active learning engages the brain

Why is active learning different? …..Brain-imaging scans show that when people are involved in active learning, robust neural connections form between the hippocampus and other regions of the brain associated with activities like critical thinking, planning, and spatial relations. In passive learning activities, the hippocampus isn’t involved.

Scientists concluded that involving the hippocampus in learning through active learning activities was much more likely to lead to true understanding and remembering. This fully supports what educators see every day, and what others have observed in teaching strategies research.

Active learning ideas

Implementing active learning techniques isn’t easy. …. But active learning techniques can range from short and simple to long-term and complex. In order of complexity, some of ideas are:

  • Journaling
  • Small group work
  • Presentations and debates
  • Role playing
  • Learning games
  • Field experiences
  • Simulations

The full article can be found here.

 

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