Making Your Head Explode and Other Classroom Delights: The Importance of Active Learning. Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. Outline for My Presentation. Why active learning is important Why instructors don’t use active learning Components of active learning Types of active learning
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Making Your Head Explode
and Other Classroom Delights:
The Importance of
Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr.
Active learning comprises an array of learning situations in and out of the classroom in which students enjoy hands on and “minds-on” experiences.
Students learn through active participation in simulations, demonstrations, discussions, debates, games, problem solving, experiments, and writing exercises.
College should change the individual
And that change should be positive.
I am a psychic.
There is no such thing as proof in science.
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Divide the Class in Halves
In a moment I am going to read you a list of words, but first I want to give you some instructions.
Count or estimate the number of vowels in each word that I will read to you.
As I read each word, rate the word on a 1-5 scale (with 5 being best) in terms of its value to you if you were stranded on a desert island.
Now, the words
Alan Baddeley’s work on working memory
All Purpose Memory Demonstration
(primacy, recency, frequency, semantic distinctiveness, chunking, constructive memory)
Does frequent exposure to something, that is, repeated experiences with something, ensure that we will remember it well?
I want to ask you some questions about a U. S. penny
Learning to Read
Teaching your students about surveys:
CNN: Text one of the
following two numbers
to let us know how you
feel about the President’s
economic stimulus package.
The Hite Report (1976)
95% of American women are unhappy in their marriages.
“One hundred thousand women, ages fourteen to seventy-eight, were asked...”
Personality Adjective Checklist
ActiveCooperative Industrious Persistent
AdaptableCurious Initiative Planful
AggressiveDaring Intelligent Praising
AmbitiousDetermined Loyal Relaxed
AttractiveDominant Mannerly Resourceful
AssertiveEfficient Mature Talkative
CapableEnterprising Mischievous Trusting
ConfidentForceful Opportunistic Understanding
ConsiderateGood Natured Peaceable Warm
ContentedIndependent Persevering Wholesome
You have a great need for other people to like you. You have a tendency to be critical of yourself. You have a great deal of unused capacity which you have not turned to your advantage. While you have personality weaknesses, you are generally able to compensate for them. Your adjustment to the opposite sex has presented some problems for you. More disciplines and self-controlled outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure inside. At times you have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing. You prefer a certain amount of change and variety and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations. You pride yourself as an independent thinker and do not accept other’s statements without satisfactory proof. You have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others.
Circle one of the numbers below.