ERIC Number: ED407377
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Developing New Language for a Constructivist Class.
Beginning teachers experience problems in moving from a traditional classroom environment to a constructivist classroom, especially in their use of traditional language. Traditional language not only does not work in a constructivist classroom, but hinders the creating and sustaining of such. Teachers can change the language they use in the classroom to promote more positive results. Five words or phrases that help focus on the learner and learning rather than on teachers and teaching are: (1) changing "teaching" to "learning"; (2) changing "lesson plan" to "student learning plan"; (3) changing "cover" to "discover" or "uncover"; (4) changing "(interdisciplinary) unit" to "(interdisciplinary) investigation" or "(interdisciplinary) exploration"; and (5) changing "presentations" to"interactive learning experiences." An example of a "student learning plan" on the causes of the Civil War is included. (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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