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Social Studies In Action A Methodology Workshop, K-5.
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Session 6.

Engaging Students in Active Learning



Getting Started

Watch the video introduction to familiarize yourself with the session, instructor, and participants. Before you watch, consider the following questions:

  • How do you define active learning?
  • How does active learning differ from more traditional, or "non-active" learning?
  • How does social studies content lend itself to active learning?
Workshop participants and Mary McFarland.


View Video Segment: Introduction

Go to this segment in the video by matching the image (to the left) on your TV screen. You'll find this segment at the beginning of the video. Watch for about 18 minutes.

In this video segment, participants take part in a cooperative learning activity that reviews the elements of authentic instruction.


What Do You Know?

This activity is designed to help you think about teaching strategies you use to engage students in active learning. Begin by thinking of a social studies unit you teach and the standards that are met by this unit. Then recall the objectives and strategies you use to engage students in active learning.

Use the Concept Chart (PDF) to list objectives and the active learning strategies you already use.


Reflect on Your Work

After you have completed your chart, review your answers and consider the following questions:

  • What types of active learning strategies do you tend to use?
  • Why are some strategies more successful for you than others?
  • How do the strategies you use enhance learning and help you meet your teaching objectives?
  • What strategies from the video would you add?

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