Deputy Head Jeff Ison got our #15MinForum active this week and shared theory and strategies for active learning in the classroom.

On entry we were given an activity card and asked to write what our definition of active learning was. Immediately engaged and getting our brain in gear, very quickly we were on the move to find a colleague with the same word in their definition. Discussions, questions and ideas were shared within seconds!

Active learning is a process whereby students engage in activities, such as reading, writing, discussion, or problem solving that promote analysis, synthesis and evaluation of class content. Cooperative learning, problem-based learning and the use of case methods and simulations are some approaches that promote active learning.

(University of Michigan)

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Research proves that getting our students talking and teaching others about their learning using a variety of strategies improves their understanding and retention of information. Active learning can be effective in developing higher order skills such as problem solving and critical thinking.

Don’t just talk at your students, get them active and create discussion and get them thinking for as much of your lesson as possible! Here are some strategies to make this happen:

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Active Learning Strategies


See the link 15 min forum active learning for Jeff’s presentation and his recommended strategies he uses. If you have any questions or want to see these in action pop in and see him to arrange for an informal drop-in to his lesson.