Learning by doing
From John’s blog about project learning, how cool is this.
One of my students was talking me after watching Clifford Stoll’s TED talk about his experience of learning in high school. In is science class, there was a closet with a few old geiger counters that had been used sometime in the past. They were having a lesson on the radioactivity of various different material, and when a couple of them asked about using the geiger counters to run around the school measuring everything they could think of, the teacher explained that they didn’t have time. Obviously, there was other content that needed covering, so instead, the students went to the library, and using the computers there, did a google search to find out how radioactive common, everyday materials are.
Clearly insightful and more engaging.