Brain Blast: Active Learning Strategies

Active Learning Strategies

"Active learning requires students to do meaningful learning activities and think about what they are doing.” – Michael Prince.

Check out these active learning strategies:

FEEL IT – Find a way to feel intensely curious about the material so that it sticks in long term memory.

REFLECT IN WRITING – Use “quick writes” and “writing to learn strategies.” Writing is a thinking tool.

RELATE IT – Relate the information to something you have experienced.

GENERATE QUESTIONS - Direct learners to develop questions about the topic and pose them to peers.

CONTROL YOUR ENVIRONMENT – Allow yourself to do “deep work” by minimizing distractions.

TEACH IT – Being able to fully explain the idea to a peer means that you have internalized the topic.

COMPARE YOUR NOTES - Share your notes with a peer, discuss the differences, and make additions or revisions.

DOODLE – Sketch out how the concept relates to your life.

SELF ASSESS – Ask yourself how well you understand the concept? What areas still need more work?

SOLVE IT – Brainstorm solutions to a problem collaboratively or individually.

SUMMARIZE – Students can restate salient points in everyday vernacular.

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Todd Finley

Edutopia Blogger and Asst. Editor || ECU Ed Professor || Founder of Todd's Brain at www.todd-finley.com || Books: Dinkytown Braves and Rethinking Classroom Design.

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