What’s the Big Idea? Active Learning

While perusing my favorite professional books yesterday, and I came across a well-worn, dog-eared copy of James Burke’s What’s the Big Idea? Pink, purple, and green sticky notes stuck out everywhere. On page seven, I found this gem:

“All genuine learning is active, not passive. It involves the use of the mind, not just memory. It is a process of discovery in which the student is the main agent, not the teacher.”

With this in mind, I wrote three questions at the top of my monthly planner:

  1. Is the student actively learning?
    2. Does this lesson involve the mind (not just the memory)?
    3.  Is the student making discoveries  about the topic or concept?


My goal for the remainder of the month is to look at each lesson through the lens of these questions and try to answer each in the affirmative. I’ll let you know the results next month. Why not give it a try? Let me know how it works for you.

K.J. Wagner  Education Oasis

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