Saturday, December 3, 2016

Traditional Classroom VS. Constructivism

When you think about an elementary classroom what do you think about? There is a different between what we think of as the traditional classroom and a Constructivism classroom. When I was in elementary school it was more of a traditional classroom but what kind of classroom are the elementary students of today in?

A Traditional Classroom is one in which the majority of the time the students are working alone, there is an emphasis on their basic skills, and most of the work is done out of a textbook or workbook. Most students do okay working along but how much more could they understand something if they worked in a group. Basic skills are important but is that what we should be focusing on as teachers, making sure the student as skills to go onto the next grade? When teachers start relying on just the correct answer to validate a student lesson what is the child actually learning. I believe they are learning that to achieve in school and life the only thing that matters is earning a good grade and getting the right answer.

In a Constructivism classroom it isn't about always getting the good grade or right answer but learning is about making a meaning out of things. The students need to be able to fully understand something to get something out of it. In Constructivism classroom's students work on projects together. They are able to help teach each other what is going on, which means both students are continuing to learn. Students need to learn though experiencing things, not doing a worksheet and forgetting what they learned. True learning isn't just knowing something but it is knowing it well enough to teach it to someone else and that is what students get in a Constructivism classroom.

Constructivism can be a complicated topic with it becoming a newer thing. Here is a website that might help fully understand what Constructivism is.

The left side of this picture is what I think of when I hear traditional classroom, everyone working separately and quietly. The right side of this picture is what I think of when I hear constructivist classroom, everyone is working together and creating new ideas and ways to solve problems.




I got this image from http://educationalpsychologyintheclassroom.yolasite.com/constructivism.php



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