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Teaching Tips: Constructivism

These sites are about using constructivism in teaching. Teachers of kindergarten through high school will find information about constructivism on these sites. Included is an eThemes resource on inquiry based learning.


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This site provides tips for implementing constructivist strategies in the classroom. NOTE: This site includes ads.
This slideshare presentation provides an overview of constructivism and provides a sample instructional activity practicing constructivist principles. NOTE: This site includes ads. NOTE: This site includes a discussion board (message board, forum, etc.).
This site provides a detailed look at constructivism; including an introduction, an exploration of constructivism in the classroom, professional development, and implications and recommendation.
This 66-page PDF provides an in-depth look at constructivist classroom activities.
This resource addresses: how do I apply constructivism in my classroom?, what are some simple ways to get started?, what are some challenges I may face?, how do I assess student progress?, how does constructivism align with state and national standards?, how does technology complement constructivism?, and how do I work with my school, the parents, and the community?
This study explores constructivism, how it is practiced, alternative assessment, classroom examples of constructivist practices, Project Zero: Harvard's Teaching for Understanding Framework, the ACOT Program, the Kellogg Classroom of Tomorrow (KCOT) Program, Constructivism and Semiotics, an Educational Semiotic, sign theory as an assessment tool, and 3-D Interactive Environments (Virtual Reality).
Read about these three theories: maturationist, environmentalist, and constructivist perspective of development.
Read the article entitled, "Number Sense: Rethinking Arithmetic Instruction for Students with Mathematical Disabilities." NOTE: The site includes ads.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and and click on "Numbers 1-4, 1993-1994." Then scroll to page 17 in the PDF to read a portion of the 1994 article "Constructivism in the Classroom."
Read this article which is against adopting a constructivist approach.
Read this editorial on constructivism in science education.
This Canadian site provides "The Guiding Principles of Constructivism."
This article "identifies major forms of constructivism and considers issues and challenges that surface when implementing constructivist approaches to preservice and inservice teacher education." NOTE: The site includes ads.
These sites for teachers explain the concept of inquiry-based learning and offer arguments for why this type of learning is helpful to students. Learn how to create an inquiry-based unit and how to assess student performance. Read papers and reports on how student learning is affected. Includes handouts and links to inquiry-based lessons. There are also videos showing students engaged in an inquiry-based project.

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