# Engaging & Supporting Diverse Learners: Making Learning Active

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Engaging & Supporting Diverse Learners: Making Learning Active. Dr. Bruce Taylor Director, The Center for Adolescent Literacies September 26, 2011. Our Agenda for Tonight. Quick question Active vs. Passive Learning Teaching & learning tools that make learning active Questions . - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Engaging & Supporting Diverse Learners:Making Learning ActiveDr. Bruce TaylorDirector, The Center for Adolescent LiteraciesSeptember 26, 2011

Our Agenda for TonightQuick questionActive vs. Passive LearningTeaching & learning tools that make learning activeQuestions Quick QuestionWhen teaching in your classroom, do you find yourself wishing you could wake up the students and get them more excited in learning?Lets talk about this for a couple minutes.What can we do about this?

Active vs. Passive Learning"Learning by Doing" or "Active Learning" means engaging all of our senses and attention into discovering something new. When children listen to teachers lecturing or when they watch TV, we call this "passive learning."Active vs. Passive LearningPassive Learning"traditional class": lecturing instructor verbalizing information to passive note-taking studentsinstructor is "verbal" textbookstudent is an "empty" vessel to be filled with knowledgeon exams, students regurgitate what the instructor tells themActive Learningthe instructor models activities that students implement in classvisual aids, demonstrations, etc., integrated into class presentationsStudents talk, discuss, present, enact, create

Putting These Into PracticeLets try some of these:ThinkPairShare with word problems (math)Fishbowl & Ticket to Talk with Civil Rights (social studies)3-2-1 and Vocabulary Cards with global warming (science)12345ABCDELooking at the figure above, if triangle ABC is an equilateral triangle and line BC is parallel to line DE, what is the measure of angle 5? A) 60 degreesB) 90 degreesC) 120 degreesD) 180 degreesE) Not enough information is given to answer this questionUse ThinkPairShare to solve this problem.Questions???