Reflection On Constructivism In The Classroom

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Reflection on Constructivist Learning Theory Constructivism is a learning theory that on the surface appears to be the most sensible way to teach students today in an educational atmosphere that wants our students to question, explore, and develop understanding through the learner’s applying this information to themselves. The real world, school application problem with this learning theory is the reluctance of the teacher to let go of the controls of the class in order to allow this type of learning atmosphere to take place in the classroom. Constructivism is a theory that basically assumes that learners will construct, or build their own knowledge and understanding of material based on what they already know about a particular subject.…show more content…
Prior to the use of these kits, science in my classroom, and probably most others in my school in the late 1990s and early 2000s, took on a very behaviorist approach. We would read the chapters in the book, do the occasional activity listed in the text, and of course, students would answer the section review questions. There was very little connection to “real-life” in this manner of teaching but we were covering the book to prepare for end of the year testing. I would also dare say that there was very little retention of information and more than likely, less excitement about science from the…show more content…
The idea of constructivism, as stated above, is to create a learning environment that is conducive to the student exploring and scaffolding the information and gaining a more complex understanding. That is what happened with the use of the experiments involved in this kit. Remembering that neither myself nor any of the students had any idea what any of the different chemicals involved in the kits were used for or the effect they would have on other items, this was the starting point for building
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