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Active Learning Teaches Better

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Do your recall in high school that one class that you absolutely hated?
Of course there were other factors such as your level of interest and
ability to focus that influenced your dislike of the class. Yes, you
remember. This was the class that was so painfully boring that you
thought you would die before the bell rang. You painfully tried to stay
awake and you would develop a splitting headache or daydream about lunch
while the teacher went on and on with the lecture.

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Do your recall in high school that one class that you absolutely hated?
Of course there were other factors such as your level of interest and
ability to focus that influenced your dislike of the class. Yes, you
remember. This was the class that was so painfully boring that you
thought you would die before the bell rang. You painfully tried to stay
awake and you would develop a splitting headache or daydream about lunch
while the teacher went on and on with the lecture.

Actually this scenario is pretty normal according to the experts. The
experts have determined that people do not learn well in the "passive"
way. Learning byjust listening to a lecture or watching someone else
really does not work in the experts' opinion.

However by doing the activity being lectured on, experts have found it to
be a much better and more effective way of learning. It has proven to be
much better than by watching, listening, or reading.

They are not advocating that we get rid of the classroom but that we
supplement classroom learning with hands-on learning. Sometimes classroom
learningis the only option available however we now realizethat learning
takes place by reading about a subject,discussing a subject, hearing
others speak on thesubject, watching audiovisual presentations, studying
real life experiences or by doing the task itself.

Different presentation methods result in differentretention rates. For
example, it has been discovered that as adults we expend 90 percent of
our focus in the first five minutes of a class.

The next best method of learning, after the reading or hearing methods,
is seeing something done. And finally the best method is by doing.
Some old school teachers treat students like they are totally empty and
it is up to them to fill them up with some amount of the world's
knowledge. However we are seeing "interactive" learning becoming more and
more popular today. This type of learning recognizes the experiences that
each student brings to the table and utilizing these experiences to
achieve effective learning.

We must take into account the differences in personalities as they have
an affect on the individual's preferred learning style. No two people
learn alike. Next time you attend a meeting at work, try your best to be
an active participant in it instead of just soaking everything in. You
will find that you may learn something and you will come away with a
sense of achievement.

You will discover that when you take an active part in learning that the
time will pass by much quicker and you may just get your tasks done
earlier.

				
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