Brain Blast: 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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