Teachers across the country and even across the world are always looking for ways to help make their classroom more efficient. Countless studies have shown, that one-way teachers can improve their classroom’s overall performance is by implementing active learning into their everyday curriculum. According to Dr. Jim Eison in his research paper, Using Active Learning Instructional Strategies to Create Excitement and Enhance Learning, he says that active learning should include “a wide range of activities that share the common element of involving students in doing things and thinking about the things they are doing” (Eison, 2010). Active learning can create an impactful environment for the students as they become more engaged in their learning rather than simply taking notes off of a PowerPoint. In his article, Dr. Eison has many strategies to help incorporate active learning into an everyday classroom.
The first way to incorporate active learning in the classroom is by having a guest speaker come in and speak to the class. By bringing in a guest speaker that is both knowledgeable about their job and an effective speaker, students could possibly be more inspired by someone who is actually in that profession. If the guest speaker can implement an impactful lesson, students will be able to get an in-depth look at this type of profession and give them a deeper understanding of a lesson. A second way that teachers can create a better learning environment using active learning would be connecting course content to current events. This would be especially useful in any history
A second way that teachers can create a better learning environment using active learning would be connecting course content to current events. This would be especially useful in any social studies class or science class. Having current events news articles available in the classroom along with any current science magazines would be great to have in a classroom. Ways to use these magazines would be that students could give brief presentations about an article that they read or write a response paper to. By having current events articles in your classroom students will have a chance that they may not have anywhere else to stay up-to-date with the world outside of their community. Another active learning tool Dr. Eison discusses in his research paper is by transforming study materials into fun and interactive games. Examples of this would be having a class period studying for an upcoming test by
Another active learning tool Dr. Eison discusses in his research paper is by transforming study materials into fun and interactive games. Examples of this would be having a class period studying for an upcoming test by playing Jeopardy. The entire class would be divided into teams and work together to solve the questions given. Another way is to create study guides that are more intriguing and will help engaged the students in filling the study guide out. Examples of interactive study guides like this would be crosswords.
The last tool to help integrate active learning in the classroom would be by having a class debate. By having a debate students need to locate information on their side of the topic, formulate a persuasive argument as a team, and be able to listen to opposite sides of an argument. All three attributes of a debate will help students in everyday life skills and give them a chance to really grasp a concept from both perspectives.
Eison, J. (2010). Using active learning instructional strategies to create excitement and enhance learning. Department of Adult, Career & Higher Education.