Category Archives: Constructivism

The Students Become The Teacher

The Role Reversal By: Hayley Johnson Think back to your experiences with high school or maybe college classes and relate your experience with one of the following teaching scenarios: Scenario 1: The teacher is the “expert” of the class. The … Continue reading

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A personal foundation: Constructivism

Matthias’ fingers lightly tapped on the shiny black sphere that topped the pawn on the board before him, listening to the hustle nd bustle outside of the tent as it started to die down for the night. His cold, calculating … Continue reading

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Why the Emotions Matter

When you think back to high school, what kind of people were your favorite teachers?  Were they the boring kind that just stood at the front of the room and lectured?  Probably not.  I know my favorite teachers had us … Continue reading

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An Interesting Perspective: Mirrors and Windows

Howdy Bloggers, Today marks the fifth official installment of An Interesting Perspective. In this post, we will discuss constructivism and the significance behind a student’s prior knowledge and experience. What is Constructivism?  As defined by David T. Crowther in his article … Continue reading

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A Letter to Future Chemistry Teachers

Perhaps the most helpful article I have ever read pertaining to my future as a chemistry educator was “Advice to My Intellectual Grandchildren” by J. Dudley Herron.  Herron worked as both a science educator and as a researcher of the … Continue reading

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Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

Students come from all kinds of different backgrounds. They all have different experiences that have shaped who they are. The students bring these into your classroom. Teaching with a constructivist mindset means that educators know that student past experiences have … Continue reading

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Everyone Knows Something You Don’t

I have always liked this quote! I think that it puts learning in prospective. Everyone knows something I do not and I can learn from them. I also think that this quote applies to constructivism in education.  The article How … Continue reading

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Take me to Africa

My grandparents were avid world travelers when I was younger. Every time they would come home from a trip they would show me their pictures of where they went. The pictures that I really cared about were the animals. After … Continue reading

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The impact of a feather

Socrates could be talking about anything here, and I’m sure we could apply this statement to anything. Today, we’re going to apply it to knowledge- specifically the knowledge of students. Students don’t come into your classroom as empty vessels waiting … Continue reading

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