Active learning activities work with the different learning styles in children rather than against them

Active learning: a free guide

Active learning strategies work with the natural learning styles of children rather than working against them—and you! Introducing active learning activities into your classroom environment can:

  • Actively engage children by naturally involving their own learning styles.

    Did you know there are nine types of intelligence? Active learning activities lead kids to use their own brand of intelligence and engage their minds in holistic ways that traditional classroom teaching doesn't address.
  • Help students learn by doing, a learning style that comes naturally to many children.

    Because oxygen to the brain increases when they get up and move, active learning activities help students' minds work at their highest capacity, naturally engaging the higher centers of their brains.
  • Allow teachers to differentiate instruction and curriculum.

    What if one of your students learns best musically, while another learns interpersonally and yet another learns naturalistically? No problem! One active learning activity can hit all three of those learning styles.
  • Make learning so fun students don't realize they're being taught!

    During active learning activities, children comprehend at deep levels and naturally integrate subject matter, avoiding the silo effect ("we're only learning math right now") so common in elementary school classrooms.
  • Lead children to learn to share space, develop social skills, brainstorm ideas, solve problems, resolve conflicts, and use higher thinking skills.

    Children engaged in active learning activities tend to broaden their thinking in addition to deepening it; for instance, they might learn to realize there's more than one way to solve a problem or recognize gray areas.

Active learning: step by step

Our Active Learning guide is free; simply request it below and look for it in your email box!

Written by Kim Hughes, a Conscious Discipline® Certified Instructor (CDCI) and founder of Conscious Connections, our guide includes a printable list of active learning strategies you can use right away in your classroom environment or child care center, including practical ways to rearrange your classroom layout to accommodate active learning activities.

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