Constructivism• What is constructivism?• Who were theorists of it?• How is it used?• How will I use it?
What is constructivism?• Constructivism or constructivist theory is based on a type of learning in which the learner forms, or constructs, much of what he or she learns or comprehends.
What is constructivism?• Confucius once said, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”• Many researchers agree that traditional teacher-directed or lecture-based instruction often is limited in its effectiveness to reach today’s learners. Return to menu
Theorists of Constructivism• Jean Piaget• Jerome Bruner• Lev Vygotsky• John Dewey
Jean Piaget• Piaget’s theories profoundly influenced the constructivist movement.• Piaget was a psychologist who developed the cognitive learning theory after he observed children for many years• Piaget defined four cognitive stages, sensorimotor, preoperational, concrete operational, and formal operational.
How the teacher will use constructivism• The teacher can use projects to help the students practice what they have learned in the class.• Letting the students use their artistic abilities to create special ways to represent what they are learning.• The students can use any technology they’d like for these.
What the students do.• Students practice what they learn by performing either the same task or similar tasks with the same outcome.
Constructivism in my classroom• Through out my class I will try to get my students involved in the learning process.• They will be responsible for projects.• They will be responsible for activities.• They will work together to solve problems.
My classroom (continued)• I will teach the students how to do a math problem.• They will work alongside with me the first time.• Then practice solving similar math problems of varying difficulties.• We will then go over those problems together and help correct mistakes.End Slide Show