Active Learning allows education to be fun, exciting, and most of all, comprehensive.
The great pandemic has affected not only the economy but also the education of millions of students. While classroom education will surely be missed, learning should continue even within the confines of our homes. Active Learning modules have proven to be effective education tools especially for toddlers and young students. Here are five books to help us appreciate active learning and know more about their nature.
The Active Classroom: Strategies for Involving by Ron Nash
Ron Nash is a leading figure in active learning and education. He has conducted numerous workshops and seminars for many teachers, educators, administrators, and teaching staffs all over the country. After publishing the book The Active Teacher (2009) and The Active Mentor in (2010, Nash published The Active Classroom (2013). The book encourages the students to be active participants in the learning process. Teachers are encouraged to turn their pupils into enthusiastic students. The book hopes to guide educators on how to establish an interactive environment for learning, manage classroom movements, and incorporate various elements such as music, visuals, storytelling, and modern technology.
Read! Move! Learn! Active Stories for Active Learning by Carol Totsky Hammett and Nicki Geigert
Published in 2007, Read! Move! Learn! Active Stories for Active Learning hopes to enhance literacy skills, book appreciation, and encourage healthy, active lifestyles among young students. The book showcases more than 150 active learning experiences based on more than 70 popular children’s books. Each of the book’s selection contains two or three activities designed to support the corresponding topic. It also provides guides for classroom physical activities to enhance the development of basic motor skills like jumping and skipping and dramatic play skills. Read! Move! Learn! offer instructions including theme connections, related books, and music, lesson objectives. There is also a vocabulary list and a concept list for each activity in the book. Read! Move! Learn! is a must-read for all teachers of active learning education.
Teaching in the Fast Lane: How to Create Active Learning by Suzy Pepper Rollins
Published in 2017, Teaching in the Fast Lane provides details on how to design, manage, and operate an active learning center that balances independence and structure. Suzy Pepper Rollins invite readers to embrace student-centered and practical strategies on sorting, station teaching, and cooperative learning that will assist teachers in encouraging student’s inquisitiveness, self-efficacy, and sense of purpose. The book also demonstrates strategies that allow students to reach the desired learning target, achieve more, work with others, stay motivated, and experience tangible accomplishments. Teaching is the Fast Lane is a comprehensive guide for teachers and teaching staff of modern interactive learning.
Active Learning: 101 Strategies to Teach Any Subject by Mel Silberman / Melvin Silberman
For almost three decades Active Learning: 101 Strategies to Teach Any Subject has been helping teachers and educators with various strategies that can be used to promote active learning in almost any subject. The book showcases a collection of comprehensive instructional guides that ensure student’s participation in every activity, whether it’s a team assignment or analytical exercise on a specific subject matter. The book provides techniques for both full-classes and small-group discussions. Readers are also provided with methods for reviewing and assessing the progress of their students. Although the book is designed for older students ranging from middle school to college, Active Learning has been applied to lower age levels. The 101 strategies are grouped into four target goals.
Overcoming Textbook Fatigue: 21st Century Tools to Revitalize Teaching by ReLeah Cossett Lent
Textbook fatigue affects both teachers and students. Often the perfunctory and step-by-step manuals take a toll on both the educator and the learners. ReLeab Cossett Lent’s book claims that textbooks provide a one-way distillation of information aimed at a broad population, they offer little to engage or attract the interest of a class, especially a large one. Overcoming Textbook Fatigue demonstrates
how teachers improve their methods. Lent provides advice on using Common Core State Standards throughout the school and in the classroom. Teachers, staff, curriculum coordinators, and administrators are shown proven techniques that will revitalize teaching and learning in various fields. By not relying heavily on textbooks, both teachers and students can embark on more fun and engaging learning activities.