How do we go from passive to active engagement?


How do we go from passive to active engagement?

We all know that learners must be actively engaged for optimal learning. What strategies should educators employ to move learners from passive to active engagement?

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Started by Melinda Rangel. Last reply by Barbara Higgins-Dover Mar 20, 2009.

Looking for ideas with students in juvenile corrections..... 5 Replies

Started by Jaime "Jimi" Hendricks. Last reply by Renee Smith Feb 24, 2009.

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Comment by garyb on March 22, 2009 at 11:14pm
the difficulty of separating the focus on testing content(facts) and the understanding of adapting(process) reflects the lawmakers experience with their many lawyers are politicians?...most of them!

typically the knowledge is valued rather than the process of gaining understanding.

..besides in a market economy there is a darwinian attitude to testing

pity the purpose of education is different to schooling...

so the passive and active are as much about the sort of learning taking place and the ends to which it will be put as the immediate concerns of the teacher and learner...better teaching and better learning

or as many grade 7s ask...will this be on the test?
Comment by Sara Childs on March 22, 2009 at 9:46pm
I'm sad to say that the sole reason I never finished my teaching degree (I'm now an inclusion para) was the bureaucracy involved, the paperwork, the stifling of creativity in teaching styles. This forum gives me new hope that changes can be made, even on a small scale. I, too, was an honors student who had to retrain myself to learn, away from the memorization of facts to active learning.
Comment by Jaime "Jimi" Hendricks on March 18, 2009 at 9:20pm
We would love you have you join us for the conference coming up. There will be "serious" fun taking place for two days!

*If you call to make a hotel reservation for the conference at the Old Town Hotel just make sure you mention you are with the conference for the discounted rate!
Comment by garyb on March 9, 2009 at 8:20am
have you seen the 'clicker' app for ipod-touch?
collated and presented on DP or IWB in real time

Apple (in OZ) have a roadshow where x60 are handed around and are taken through the advantages over a netbook
Comment by Terry Eis on March 9, 2009 at 7:33am

I don't know if any of the information at this link will help, but....
Comment by Judy Satkiewicz on March 8, 2009 at 5:15pm
I am looking for example surveys of student engagement. We recently purchased some iPods and some interactive whiteboards for our grade 6, 7, & 8 classrooms. Now I would like to assess whether the introduction of these tools along with the additional professional development invested in the teachers is making a difference in the classroom. I would like to develop a survey but could use some help in the form of examples to get started. Thanks, Judy
Comment by Maggie Veres on February 26, 2009 at 3:44pm
ASCD just published this article on engaged high school students.
Comment by garyb on February 23, 2009 at 6:04pm
Leading the 21st Century School
recently published in Australia, may be useful..

Something for the administrators...
Comment by Glenn Wiebe on February 23, 2009 at 1:07pm
I'm really looking forward to working with social studies teachers on Day One. We'll spend some time exploring the different examples of great SS podcasts and brainstorm some ideas of making our own.

There are so many ways that we can use podcasts to engage social studies students! Images, primary sources, videos, audio clips. It's gonna be fun!

Hope to see you there!
Comment by Leda on February 19, 2009 at 10:17am
It is the new worry because administrators want to look good and they or should I say most of them do not care what kind of learning is taking place as long it is to the testing. Teachers are pressured and believe to be a good teacher, the students should achieve high scores on the tests. I see teachers teaching from the textbook and just put in their time. They do not want to do anything different - sad but true. There was a comment on how to recruit teachers who are active learners themselves. Well it starts with Teacher's College and the process of selection of candidates for the program. I believe there should be some aspect of creativity in their resume. Took drama courses or played an instrument, etc. Teachers need to be creative. Having creativity is the first step of teachers finding new and creative ways of engaging students and being active learners themselves.

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