In the Constructivist classroom, both teacher and students think of knowledge not as inert factoids to be memorized, but as a dynamic, ever-changing view of the world we live in and the ability to successfully stretch and explore that view.
In Constructivist classrooms . . .
- Curriculum emphasizes big concepts, beginning with the whole and expanding to include the parts.
- Pursuit of student questions and interests is valued.
- Materials include primary sources and manipulative materials.
- Learning is interactive, building on what the student already knows.
- Teachers have a dialogue with students, helping students construct their own knowledge.
- Assessment includes student works, observations, and points of view, as well as tests. Process is as important as product.
- Knowledge is seen as dynamic, ever changing with our experiences.
- Students work primarily in groups.
(From the Educational Broadcasting Corporation or http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/constructivism/index_sub1.html)