Steps on How to Teach in an Active Learning Classroom – Steelcase Education

does your classroom encourage students to be self-guided to explore and experiment does it provide students with the flexible adaptive approaches to learning they need to be ready for the workplace unlike the classrooms many of us grew up in today's active learning classrooms are increasingly supportive of the skills students need to develop innovation in the classroom is encouraged and nurtured with an open mindset and evolving understanding for how we learn as we understand more about how the mind processes retains and recalls information we're better able to design learning environments that actively engage all students this is important because we know that classroom space influences behavior the challenges we may not intuitively know how to align our new active learning space with the pedagogy x' we are using as teachers we strive to inspire our students with a lifelong love of learning and a desire to succeed in everything they do we're passionate about finding ways to develop their critical thinking skills to solve problems independently and then communicate and collaborate on solutions that demonstrate growth but good classroom teaching requires not only thoughtful planning but an understanding of how to use our active learning classrooms as a tool to further student success so to get started there are four basic steps to implement in your classroom the first step is to let your learning objectives and curriculum lead the process once you've defined what you need to achieve then you can plan how the space can help to redefine how you implement it throughout the year an instructor's approach within a learning environment is a critical factor to teaching challenge yourself to move from traditional passive and instructor led methods of teaching to more student centric methods that empower the learner to be more engaged and involved in the process of skill development mastering and application so how do you use your classroom space to turn challenges into opportunities for learning the answer is our second step which is to purposely leverage multiple modes and stages within the classroom instead of a room that has one rigid setup typically tailored for the traditional teacher delivery model consider your active learning classroom a blank canvas lesson planning continues to be focused on specific concepts but can now be complemented with multiple exercises to engage students in the lesson while lecture or presentation mode may continue to kick-start a learning adventure it can easily be followed by directing students to move to a different learning mode to access content their peers and the instructor to support learning this dynamic interface is inviting and stimulates both the instructor and students a variety of transitions that reflect small groups team-based exercises and collaborative endeavors support a variety of learning modes for some of us this is nothing new as we've always implemented various forms of activity centers team-based learning projects or collaborative groups what is significant is that we consider the classroom a tool that uses space to empower students to embrace a more active immersive and engaging style of learning consider the possibilities your classroom can adapt to a new setup quickly and effectively allowing students to move shift and adapt to different activities make sure to use clear and well developed protocols to minimize any lost time or productivity the third step is to intentionally make use of the digital and analog tools in the classroom to support these lessons fostering higher-order thinking skills is far more successful when students are given multiple ways to process information the variety of tools choice of place to work and range of people to network with at various intervals empowers individuals these tools allow you and the students to share critical information and to foster and seize teachable moments as they occur organically when placed throughout the classroom these tools aid collaboration and make it much easier for all students to express their ideas by removing that anxiety of being in the front of the room within the school make sure it is clearly defined who is responsible for replenishing the tools needed to use these collaborative spaces whether they are dry erase markers post-it notes or any other tool the power of your environment quickly diminishes without the tools to support these activities the final step to getting started in an active learning classroom is to provide students easier access to you in essence no matter the setup or mode you choose everyone needs the kind of access required to foster trust and confidence in sharing ideas your active learning classroom allows you to shift your role from the transmission of information to that of helping create and nurture a learning environment that guides your students to construct their own knowledge and learning you are now free to move around your classroom supporting a much closer and deeper connection to your students these activities range from quick one-on-one tutoring sessions to joining alongside for a quick word of encouragement or shifting the focus of the entire classroom to you when an opportunity for sharing information presents itself this means pulling yourself away from a tethered teaching station that does not support the kind of access you need to students and students need to you this is a dramatic shift from the way many of us learn to teach a new way that is generally foreign and uncomfortable for many releasing any control of the classroom is often associated with chaos and frustration this feeling is not uncommon so as you start to implement these strategies it won't just unleash the potential of your classroom it will unleash a deeper and more rewarding teaching experience for you one final tip is to use your professional network to share your experiences your concerns and questions and to help us all understand this great new world of teaching were a part of our ability to engage in reflective practice will lead to the kind of rewarding moments we all love the reason we do this day in and day out the moments where we see our students thrive you

9 thoughts on “Steps on How to Teach in an Active Learning Classroom – Steelcase Education

  1. I would try workouts on the internet. Try Unflexal . This website seems like you would have luck getting some potential. Good luck on your bodybuilding.

  2. I decided to stop teaching and encourage students to learn. It works like a dream. You just need to get over your own attention seeking ego as a teacher. I cringe when I see teachers who insist that "chalk and talk" is the way to go. Learning is not a spectator's sport.

    What is even worse is that the students are so used to the teacher doing all the work while they sit there and watch . And then these same teachers wonder why students are lazy and unmotivated!😏

  3. Active learning is an educational buzzword with various definitions. One is that students should be encouraged (somehow) to work on their own, with minimal teacher guidance. The problem with that approach (basically no instruction) is that it doesn't work as well as telling or showing students what to do. Parents and school boards want students to learn specific knowledge and skills that are more efficiently taught with higher-guideace methods. Having desirable goals (e.g., self-motivated students) is insufficient for achieving learning objectives, so all the claims that students need special skills like creativity are not helpful in determining how to optimize student performance. The issue is how to best help them achieve instructional goals (that are achievable). Saying "you must employ innovation and critical thinking to do this assignment" really doesn't get students to do so who lack sufficient knowledge or ability.

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