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Meta description: Activity-based teaching is the future in delivering the best educational outcomes to students. Here’s everything you need to know about activity-based learning
A relatively new approach to teaching is what is called activity-based teaching. In activity-based teaching, the teacher encourages students to learn through hands-on experiments and activities, rather than simply stand at the front of the class and lecture lessons to the students. This approach to teaching is far more engaging and dynamic, and leads to better educational outcomes, but teachers and educators also need to know that an effective activity-based classroom is one that is specifically designed around this approach to teaching.
Why is activity-based learning effective?
Think of it this way; if you’re learning to cook something, do you simply read the cookbook recipe and immediately understand how to cook that dish, or do you learn “on the job” by trying to cook it? You’ll probably make mistakes the first couple of times; you’ll overcook the steak, or the cake will come out of the oven flat and broken, but with each attempt, you’ll also get better at it. Much better than if you were to simply re-read that cookbook over and over again.
Activity-based learning puts the onus on the learning on to the child, by giving them activities to complete. This facilitates a more organic approach to learning, where they’ll develop their own understanding02 of the subject matter.
The other great advantage of activity-based learning is that teachers and parents can keep a much closer eye on the learning process in real-time. When a teacher is simply dictating from the front of the class, what the student is taking in and understanding is hard to track until they can view the student’s performance in exams. With activity-based learning, it’s possible to monitor the learning process and comfort of the student through the learning process.
Why activity-based learning needs a new approach to classroom design
Classrooms do need to be designed differently to capitalise on the opportunities that activity-based learning facilitates. Students will be more mobile and more collaborative with their peers, meaning that the old approach of facing desks towards the teacher will no longer work as well.
Abax Kingfisher has a full range of classroom solutions to enable an efficient and effective activity-based learning environment. Contact us today on XXXX to start the discussion.