Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Active Learning

Active learning involves having students become a part of the learning process. No longer is the teacher always the center of the learning process. It is a multi-directional learning experience where learning takes place through teacher to student, student to teacher, and student to student.

There is nothing more enjoyable within the classroom then listening to students in groups or pairs when they get involved in their own learning. To often we as teachers think that we are the knowledgeable ones and must know all the material before we present it. At the rate that knowledge is advancing in today's world that is very hard to do. In the same way if we want to use any technology within our curriculum we think we have to know how to use it first.

It's time that we give students some credit and empower them to become self-directed learners. Our job is to set the overall goals and then become the coach on the sidelines stepping in when needed. A coach provides the direction and vision, but lets the students move forward with that vision. It's time to allow the student to take ownership of their own learning.

The following website shows how much better a learner retains what they have learned when they become active in their own learning compared to having things told to them. Check out the learning pyramid located at this web site:

I think you will find after looking at this pyramid and comparing it to what you have seen in the classroom, though the percentages may differ the order of retention is correct.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My son wants to get into small engines. He is really bright and I want to let him go at it.
What do you recommend he starts with. He wants to take a broken chainsaw, snowblower or weedeater engine and make something new with the engine after getting it to work? What do you suggest I start him off with?

January 18, 2006 at 12:59 AM  

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