Key Points of Constructivism The learner forms, or constructs, much of what he or she learn or comprehend. This learning or comprehension is brought forth by thestudent actively engaging in an activity. When students have the ability to actively engage in the lesson, comprehension increases. This theory counters the traditional lecture style of education.
Theorists of Constructivism Jean Piaget – created theory based on the observation thatchildren were active learners and did not need motivation to learn.Jerome Bruner – believed the learned built knew knowledge based on what one already knew. There is active engagement in learning. Teachers should encourage students to discover things on their own. Lev Vygotsky – Believed learning took pace within a child’s social development and culture. Teachers should construct learning experiences off of the child’s social and cultural upbringing. John Dewey – Believed learning should engage and expand the experiences of children. Teachers should create lessons so both conctrete and practical lessons are learned by the students.
The TeacherUnder the constructivism theory, the teachermust: Create projects Provide real life problems Plan interactive lessons.
The StudentsWhen the constructivist theory is correctlyapplied in the classroom the student will be ableto: Actively engage in lessons Solve real life problems using critical thinking Learn key points of a lesson through completing a project
TechnologyUsing a Smart board allows students to actively work outa problem while working with the teacher and the use ofthis technology encourages students to be more engagedin the lesson.Clickers used in the classroom allow for students toanswer questions which are placed directly in aclassroom poll so result are easy to read.Computers allow students to research and completeprojects to increase comprehension of a subject.
Overview Interactive teacher is essential in aneducational environment. The highest quality of education occurs when theteachers and students interact and the students are actively engages.
“I hear and I forget.I see and I remember.I do and I understand. - Confucius