Active learning strategies require us to discuss, analyze, and apply information in action – and, of course, in the classroom. Our approach to each can be so heavily influenced by our experiences of the world and perceptions of it that they’re as diverse as we are, even when we arrive at the same conclusion. We’ve known for several years now that active learning can be a powerful component of inclusive teaching because it provides students with a greater variety of engagement opportunities, often allowing us to reach underrepresented groups. Yet, we haven’t talked much about how diversity influences the ways in which students work through active learning activities and how we can support every student in active learning.
Are you using active learning strategies in the classroom, and if so, how do you support a diversity of perspectives and problem-solving approaches in your activities? Do you find this comes naturally for your students or do you like to do any table-setting with your students before they begin an activity?
I just want to ask you If students engage in multiple types of learning experiences on any given day or class period. Eg., project-based learning with a peer group, virtual learning via adaptive software, independent work (e.g., independent reading or writing), etc. Learning experiences are authentic (real-world) and relevant to students’ interests and aspirations.