Monday, January 31, 2011

Active Science Exploration in the Classroom

I was interested to see real-life science learning occurring in the classroom, where the students were engaging in higher-level learning using both Bloom’s taxonomy and Bruner’s learning pyramid. Bloom’s taxonomy shows that creating and evaluating are the highest levels of learning, and Bruner’s learning pyramid shows that procedural knowledge and metacognition are the highest levels of learning. Actually applying what we have learned to different contexts is crucial to retain information more efficiently, since 75% of the information we retain is done so by practice. In addition, the highest level of retaining knowledge is done so by teaching others, as 90% of information is retained by doing so.
Therefore, here is a video of students learning science and reflecting on this process in a fifth grade classroom.

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