Active Learning Methodology is a set of pedagogical strategies that make students active in their learning process during classroom activities. These strategies promote a change of focus in the teaching-learning process. It goes from the traditional teacher-centered practices – mostly lecturing classes in which the student listens most of the time – to student-centered practices, that is, mostly participatory classes in which the student performs, and the teacher mediates most of the time.
The main purpose of the class is no longer to measure what the teacher teaches, but to measure what the student learns. Therefore, we refer to it as a student-centered methodology.
How does it work?
In a typical everyday class, our students sit in small groups to promote discussions and learning exchanges. Below, we list examples of pedagogical practices within the perspective brought by the Active Learning Methodology applied in our school:
Learning Goals: learning goals are shared with students to establish the focus of the day and allow them to monitor their progress. The goals are also written down in our assessments.
Class Debate: research and group discussion to encourage the formulation of questions and class presentation.
Mini Lessons: time to structure the body of knowledge within a didactic sequence led by the teacher.
Independent Study: individual time for reading, research or problem solving. The teacher guides the student to explore and exercise what he/she has learned.
Peer assessment: performance evaluation by peers to encourage feedback exchange among themselves. The students comment and correct the work of colleagues based on an answer key established by the teacher.
Exit Ticket: instance when the student demonstrates if he has reached the learning objectives. Preferably, always followed by constructive feedback.
Projects: situations that instigate children’s curiosity and motivate the students to explore their ideas and hypotheses and help them find creative answers.