Teaching approaches: Active learning

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Active learning is any learning in which pupils are engaged in regulating, and taking ownership over, at least some of their learning. That is, it need not be about pupils being physically active, but it should involve them being mentally active! Active learning might involve *inquiry-based learning and *collaboration which involves pupils in the use of subject specific language and higher order thinking, especially:

  1. thinking like a scientist and mathematical thinking;
  2. reasoning, particularly in group work settings involving effective group talk;
  3. visualisation which involves pupils in organising their thoughts, and artefacts (digital or otherwise) to work through problems, and work with other pupils to solve problems and reason together.

Explore the other pages covering these areas for more ideas, and have a look at the lesson ideas and professional development resources below.

Relevant resources

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