Active learning in primary classrooms : a case study by Jenny Monk

By Jenny Monk

  • What do they suggest through lively studying?
  • How are you able to motivate kids to interact totally of their studying?
  • How are you able to plan and organise a curriculum that guarantees that youngsters are actively fascinated by the educational process?

This fresh textual content not just explores and examines the idea that of lively studying, yet demonstrates how each instructor, new or skilled, can translate concept into perform and achieve the rewards of youngsters actively engaged of their personal studying within the lecture room.

Central to the ebook is the sequence of prolonged case stories, during which the authors spotlight examples of potent educating and studying around the complete basic curriculum. they supply useful examples of making plans, educating and assessing to inspire, motivate and provides self belief to educate in inventive, built-in and interesting ways.

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Writing in the seventeenth century, Comenius pronounced that ‘activity is when the pupil rediscovers or reconstructs truth by means of external or internal mental action, consisting in experiment or independent reasoning’ (Pinder, 1987: 9). Ideally children choose to learn, not just because they want to please an adult, or merely because it sounds fun but because they are genuinely interested in the subject matter. If children can be presented with problems that they really want to solve, but in order to do so they need to learn something new, active learning will naturally follow.

Fisher, 1990) Metacognitive development is an awareness of the processes involved in thought, memory and language. It is conscious and reflective and, to use Piaget’s terminology as discussed in Donaldson (1978), requires ‘action’. Active learning strategies require constructivist approaches to knowledge processing. These include independent inquiry, and structuring and restructuring of knowledge. In active learning, the processing of knowledge also requires a problemsolving orientation, a critical approach and an evaluation of knowledge.

But today the old wooden door was open! Chapter 2 It was a burning hot day that day. Mum kicked me out of the house ‘NO TV IN THE SUMMER’, she said. So I popped into the wasteland field to 25 S E T TI N G T H E S CENE find some shade when I found it. I was just about to lean against the door and it gave way! Chapter 3 I only remember falling backwards a bit, hitting my head and zonking out. I remember this happening because the next thing I knew I was . . Chapter 4 I woke up and groaned ‘Just a few more minutes mum.

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