Students working together with cards on tableTopic Overview

Active learning is “anything that involves students in doing things and thinking about the things they are doing” (Bonwell & Eison, 1991, p. 2). Active learning involves and engages students with the resources and activities by requiring them to do things and to collaborate, instead of just sitting and listening or watching.

Strategies

Think/Pair/Share

Students share and compare possible answers to a question with a partner before addressing the larger class.

Pick the Winner

Divide the class into groups and have all groups work on the same problem and record an answer/strategy on paper. Then, ask groups to switch with a nearby group, and evaluate

Their answer. After a few minutes, allow each set of groups to merge and ask them to select the better answer from the two choices, which will be presented to the class as a whole.

TV Commercial

In groups, students create a 30-second TV commercial for the subject currently being discussed in class.

101 tips for Active Learning

A listing of classroom activities by category such as instructor lead or student lead, small group, individual, and class. Each activity is described and an example is given

Resources

Diving Deeper/Research