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  • 1. Kristen Conchiglia
  • 2.  What is constructivism? Who are the main contributors? How can it be used in the classroom? My Classroom uses Sources
  • 3.  Learning is an active process Learner constructs knowledge  Construction based on personal experiences Ideal learner is  Self-directed  Creative  Innovative  Motivated
  • 4.  Instructors are facilitators, not teachers  Facilitator helps learner form their own understanding of the subject Goal: Support the learner to being an effective thinker Problem Based learning Prior knowledge and experiences play a part in the learning process Menu
  • 5.  SocialConstructivist  http://www.learningandteaching.info/learning/ graphics/zpd.GIF Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD)  What a student can do with help Observations:  Children learn better when collaborating with adult
  • 6.  John Dewey  Progressive Education  Project Based Learning Jean Piaget  Adapting by use of assimilation and accommodation
  • 7.  Cooperative Questioning:  students work together to ask and answer questions Student Teaching:  students become experts on a subject and teach it to others Cooperative Problem Solving:  Students work together to research a particular problem and come up with solutions
  • 8.  Relate past knowledge to the new material Find things students have in common  Use similarities in teaching and group work Showcause and effect relationship of history and present
  • 9.  Personal thoughts on constructivism Pluses:  Prepares for college and further education  Encourages independence and self thinking  Develops problem solving and critical thinking skills  Works well with cooperative learning styles Minuses:  Requires high learner motivation
  • 10.  Ways I apply constructivism  Group projects and research  Class structure more like a college class  More independence  Problem based learning  Find solutions to some of today’s science controversies
  • 11.  Constructivism Wiki  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructivism_(le arning_theory) Learning Theories.com  http://www.learning- theories.com/constructivism.html Learning and Teaching.info  http://www.learningandteaching.info/learning/c onstructivism.htm

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