There is no “one size fits all” method for learning things, as research has shown. People learn through different modalities, at different speeds, and depending on the subject, the same lesson will impart different messages. Additionally, the teacher has an important role in how and if students learn. A teacher’s body language and demeanor have an impact on students.
When you are enthusiastic, positive and encouraging, your students are more likely to respond in a positive manner. When you create a learning environment that’s conducive to including every child in active learning, you give your students a pathway toward success.
Here are seven strategies for creating an active learning class:
Design the Classroom with Intention – Classrooms can be more than cute and interesting. Creatively design your physical classroom to accommodate active learning.
Cultivate an Inclusive Attitude – One of the hallmarks for active learning and a goal of Embody Learning is, everybody is in. It is an attitude that gels the group and creates an environment where everyone becomes fully engaged in the learning process.
Have High Expectations – People in general often have a tendency to work to live up to – or down to – your expectations. An active learning environment requires high expectations to encourage students to engage in activities.
Be Fair – Someone once said that fairness is seeing that everyone gets what they need, not that everyone gets the same thing. All students need an opportunity to succeed and those opportunities may look different for each individual. The point is to ensure that every student gets a fair chance at succeeding.
Get Parents Involved – A child’s first teacher is the parent. School teachers have a strong impact on children, and so do parents. Therefore, to further strengthen the active learning process, parents should be brought into the mix.
Teach Respect as an Attitude – A key ingredient to all learning processes is respect. Cultivating an attitude of respect is critical to the learning process on many levels. There is respect for individuals, for processes, for materials, for one another’s property, etc. An attitude of respect covers significantly more than having courteous manners.
Good Choices Deserve Recognition – In this world, people often hear about what they are doing wrong. The news is constantly full of reports of bad choices. Less common are reports about good choices. The Embody Learning environment recognizes good choices; this cultivates a breeding ground for still more positive choices.
Embody Learning creates an environment in which students are fully engaged in their learning process. They learn to enjoy the process of discovery. In the active learning environment, students have the opportunity to share their new knowledge as they demonstrate their understanding to others. For more information about Embody Learning, download our 20 Student Engagement Strategies for Teachers available at www.embodylearning.com.