do I apply constructivism in my classroom?
are some simple ways to get started?
are some challenges I may face?
do I assess student progress?
does constructivism align with state and national standards?
does technology complement constructivism?
do I work with my school, the parents, and the community?
some of the challenges I may face?
You will be challenged in several areas:
Your role as a teacher will change.
- Giving up the "expert" role to become more of a facilitator
can be very difficult for some teachers. Practice will help.
- You must become a questioner of students to find out how
they are learning as well as what they have learned.
- You will probably have to commit to some study and discussion
to strengthen the foundation of your constructivist learning
- The noise level in your classroom as your students discuss
and question more may drive you crazy at first.
Your students' roles will change. (It may take time to change
long-formed habits.) Ideally,
- They will come to understand that multiple answers are
expected of them and that they will be challenged to document
and defend their thinking. They will also come to understand
that changing one's mind is acceptable and part of growth
- They will develop hypotheses and test their knowledge by
presenting it and working on it with others.
- They will begin to take an active part in their own assessment
of their knowledge and in the assessment of the learning situation.
You will face institutional challenges.
- The constructivist learning environment has an order and
structure that is often missed by the casual observer. The
institution must engage in continual analysis of what is going
on and how it can effectively communicate the educational
approach to the community.
- Administration/teacher relationships must shift from supervision
and control to guidance and support.
- Assessment has probably always been built on standardized
measurement. Constructivism calls for a reconsideration of
evaluation and grading procedures. This will take more time
and effort on your part. There may be resistance from parents,
the community, and even the students.
Workshop: Constructivism as a Paradigm for Teaching and Learning
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