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What Do High Schools Need to More Fully Engage Teens?

experiential learning, motivating teens

Educators today know more about what happens in the brain when a person learns something new. We know that learning occurs when our brains are active. We have seen how active learning strategies, which replace traditional lectures, engage teens more fully in the learning process.

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Why Is It Important to Know How Teens Learn?

experiential learning

 

Educators are always exploring ways to create successful learning experiences for their teen students. Brain science in the 21st century is providing new ways to think about learning and giving teachers tools to meet the needs and interests of all learners in their classrooms. One of these tools is the knowledge gained from brain research to understand which portions of the adolescent brain are the most developed and the most active.

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Why Are Questions Important in the Socratic Classroom?

student-centered learning, experiential learning

Questions are the driving force behind the learning process in the Socratic method; they guide a student to discovering information the teacher already holds. The teacher must craft questions that lead students to knowledge and realizations. Additionally, student preparation can help enhance discussions and lead to more in-depth conversations with classmates.

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What is the Learning Experience in a Student-Centered Classroom?

student-centered learning, experiential learning

Picture a student-centered classroom. Some will see students learning what they want when they want, roaming around freely, and speaking whenever they want.  In reality, student-centered or student-driven learning is carefully designed to help students with  varying abilities and interests experience success and become engaged learners.

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What Can Service-Learning Add to the Curriculum?

experiential learning, community service

 

While traditional coursework is central to the school experience, we know that students also learn valuable social and emotional skills that are important for becoming responsible, engaged citizens. Skills like teamwork, empathy, problem-solving, and conflict resolution, are essential for any post-secondary education and all career paths. If we want our teens to acquire those skills, it is vital that some of their educational experiences address this type of experiential learning.

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