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Active Learning

By Lisa Marie Clinger and Alex Williams
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Lisa Clinger

on 11 November 2014

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Transcript of Active Learning

Objectives
be able to define "active learning"?
explain when to use active learning?
be able to provide examples of active learning
Take a moment to discuss an answer to these questions:
1. How would you define "active learning"?

2. What characterizes active learning?

3. What makes active learning different from inactive learning?
Find new ways to introduce students to information and ideas
Examples:
Assign a reading, give a quiz, set up an in-class activity to use the information they've aquired
Provide links to web sites that have images and texts relevant to class
Create projects that get students to collect their own data and information
Active Learning
"I hear, and I forget;
I see, and I remember;
I do, and I understand."
-Confucious

anything that students do in the classroom to learn other than just listening to a lecture
"Sit and Get"
Active learning involves students in
doing
things and
thinking
about what they are doing
Allowing students to think for themselves rather than giving them the answers.

Give students open-ended questions that allow for constructive dialogue among the group.

Remind students that in order to speak, you have to paraphrase what the person said before you. This forces students to really focus on what is being discussed.
Students should be participating in activities that are hands-on and experiments are an excellent tool.
Behavior Reinforcement

Four Basic Elements of Active Learning
1. Talking and Listening
Make listening and participating worthwhile
Did the teacher ask a question before the lecture segment that was thought-provoking enough to cause the students to search for the answer in the words that followed? Were they told beforehand that they would have to explain the points in the lecture to a fellow student?
2. Writing
provides a means for students to process new information in their own words
appeals to individuals who prefer to learn independently
3. Reading
summaries and note checks help students process what they've read and help them develop the ability to focus on important information
4. Reflecting
Allow students to pause for thought, to use their new knowledge to teach each other or answer questions on the day's topics
simplest way to increase retention
Clickers in the Classroom
In normal class discussions, a teacher has no idea if all of the students are comprehending the material or just the select few that raise their hands.

With a Smart Board and clickers for each student, activities can be created where each student gives their answer anonymously. Only the teacher will know which number on the clicker corresponds to which student.
Classroom Economy:
Students are given jobs at the beginning of the year. With these jobs they earn two paychecks each month.

For good behavior they receive bonuses, and for negative behavior they lose money. Students are responsible for keeping track of their money with their own transaction records.
Life Skills
Snap Cup
when you're upset with someone write something nice about them put it in cup, they will anonymously be read aloud
Bucket Dipping
Did I fill someone else’s bucket today by being helpful, thoughtful, or kind?
Did I dip into my own bucket today with negative thinking?
Flower Pot
Each student is given a flower pot for themselves and leaves.
With the leaves, they are encouraged to write a positive statement about another classmate when they catch them doing something positive.
Active Learning
By the end of the lesson the student(s) will:
Socratic Seminars:
HANDS ON!
Individualism
vs.
Pair and Share
Choice Boards
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