Authentic Active Learning Activities Require Sustained Student Effort
uthentic Active Learning activities require sustained student effort and the use of substantial intellectual resources. With the easy access to information that the Internet and other media provide finding information can sometimes be an easy process. Simple queries do not engage students in the kind of thinking process that is characteristic of Active Learning activities. Investigative tasks should challenge the student in the way that real world tasks do. Dealing with obstacles and setbacks are part of the learning expectation and lend value to the work accomplished.
When students are consistently given more trivial kinds of tasks they can become intellectually lazy. Teachers then often make unduly low assessments of their students’ abilities. It is important to remember that we never know what students are really capable of. It is also true that working on demanding tasks may require some adjustment on the part of learners. Teachers may find it desirable to build slowly. (more…)