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    ENGAGING STUDENTS IN ACTIVE LEARNING

    A PAPER PRESENTED DURING

    AN IN-HOUSE WORKSHOP FOR RHS TEACHERSMONDAY 19-20 MARCH, 2012.

    THEME: THE RESOURCEFUL CHRISTIANTEACHER IN RHS

    BY

    MRS E.N UGWU THE VICE PRINCIPAL ADMIN, REDEEMERS

    SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

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    Objective:

    To transform RHS

    classrooms to active

    classrooms where studentsare actively engaged to

    acquire knowledge,

    develop skills and positivefeelings (attitudes).

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    Introduction

    The Philosophy of Active Learning is based on the UN article

    12, 13, 14 of child right act which stipulates that the

    student has the right to seek information to question, to be

    listened to, to expression of thought, feelings and opinions.

    In the 21st century the pivot of educational issues is not the

    teacher but the child, hence the need for the teacher to be

    resourceful to use brain friendly methods, active

    collaborative and investigative learning, rational reasoning

    with ICT integration. Engaging Students in Active Learning 3

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    What is Active Learning?

    Engaging students with content through enquiry,

    exploration, questioning, debates application and

    reflecting leading to development of competences and

    building of skills nature than simply transfer knowledge.

    It is involving students directly, actively in the learning

    process itself by providing opportunity to question,

    enquire, debate, clarify and consolable new knowledge.

    It involves students doing something and thinking

    about the things they are doing and thereby make

    connections between what they are doing and why they

    are doing it. Engaging Students in Active Learning 4

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    Why is Active Learning Important? It enthuses the children and arouses the creativity and

    curiosity Among them. It helps the children as their right while in school or out of

    school to develop the skill to navigate through life effectively.

    It creates link between knowledge and empowerment to

    equip each student with the ability to think, to apply and

    discover new ideas. It gives the children the key to be resourceful to be able to

    try something that one has never done before with confidence

    and caution.

    It helps students retain more knowledge Students are more likely to internalize understand and

    remember materials learning more.

    The students talk about what they are learning, write about

    it and relate it to past experiences, apply it to their daily lives

    and make what they learn part of themselves.Engaging Students in Active Learning 5

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    Major characteristics of Active Learning Strategies

    Classes that actively engage students can be identified by at

    least some of these characteristics. Students are involved in more than just listening passively

    and taking notes

    Students are engaged in a variety of class activities often

    with one another reading, writing, discussing, reading,

    presenting, sharing their writing, summarizing, drawing a

    mind map etc.

    Students are involved in higher order thinking skills

    analysis, synthesis, and evaluation

    Students reflect on their learning and the learning

    processes.

    Students explore their own attitudes and values.

    Less emphasis is placed on training information and more

    on developing students skills.Engaging Students in Active Learning 6

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    Obstacles that prevent the use of Active

    Learning strategies

    The use of the strategies for Active Learningreduces the available time for content coverage.It requires greater amount of pre-classpreparation time.Large class may be an obstacles especiallyclasses above 40.Some teachers see themselves as goodlecturers and therefore resist the change. Lack of materials or equipment.Students resist the method because activelearning provides a sharp contrast to the familiarpassive listening and note taking.The more difficult obstacles involves oneswillingness to face two types of risksEngaging Students in Active Learning 7

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    Behaviours that promote student

    learning

    Appropriate use of humourPraising student performance

    Engaging students outside the classroom

    Appropriate level of self disclosure

    Encouraging students to talk

    Asking questions about students view point or

    feeling

    Following up on topics raised by students even

    when it is not directly related to class material

    Referring to our class and we are doing.

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    Active Learning Strategies

    Active learning strategies are comparable to

    lectures for achieving content mastery but

    superior to lectures for developing thinking and

    writing skills.Think pair write share

    Write and pass

    Homework teamAcademic controversy

    Peer composition group.

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    ConclusionWalt Disney rightly stated that our greatest natural

    resolves are the minds of our children.

    According to Ann Landers in the final analysis it is

    now what we do for our children but what you

    taught them to do for themselves that will makethem successful human beings.

    Engaging students in active leading is the best wayto teach the students so that they can do for

    themselves to make them successful human beings

    and teachers will look back and thank God that

    they have finished well.Engaging Students in Active Learning 10

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    Thank you

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