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Constructivism Essay

Constructivism Essay

Constructivism Essay Many students see little connection between what they learn in the classroom with real life situations, that is why it is so important to use constructivism methods in the classroom. I have observed many types of constructivism methods used in a classroom lesson, such as, the teacher putting the students in collaborate learning groups, this allows the students to learn from one another, or elaborate what they have learned. An 8Th grade class I observed, the students had to come up with different ideas of what they thought cheating was and write out their ideas on a poster, and then had a class discussion why it was cheating. After they collaborated their ideas they made a worksheet with different scenarios of what is cheating, what might be cheating, and what is not cheating. Then the students (partners of two) had to talk about these scenarios with other students in their advisory class and the other students had to answer what they thought may or may not be cheating-they also made sure to elaborate on their answers, the students were not allowed to answer just, "yes," "no," or "maybe." They had to give a reason why they gave the answer they did. At the end of the discussion the advisory as a whole had to come up with a definition for cheating, then the teachers would choose the best definition out of the advisory classes and it will be used in the next years tracker with the school's code of honor. In this lesson some of students got to see what it is like to be on the other side and teach a lesson, and it taught them how to ask questions to engage students and themselves. It challenge them to open up and think about the topic and it allowed the students to work in groups and bounce ideas and learn from one another. This lesson engage the students in experiences that challenged their previous knowledge, because certain students were really challenged in their thinking-they learned that certain things...

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