• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

Successful teachers are able to motivate and inspire the children they teach and this is a skill that can only be supported by understanding good practice. This book gives you smart, pragmatic guidance backed by evidence-based research on how to engage and inspire in your teaching. It looks at both how you can influence and shape the learning that goes on in your classroom and how you can apply key lessons to your own professional development as a teacher. Key coverage includes: • The psychology of motivation and its implications for the classroom • Behaviour for learning • Essential advice on of safeguarding, mental health and wellbeing • Active learning and engaging your pupils in the learning process • How to develop as a professional and empowered teacher

Active learning
Active learning
Chapter guide

In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Key concepts at the heart of active learning
  • Active learning and cognitive psychology
  • Key strategies and how to implement them in your practice

If we are to engage, motivate and empower learners, then it is crucial for their learning experiences to be active rather than passive, with learners constructing meaning for themselves. As Swiderski argues, ‘most high school teachers . . . embrace the notion of learning as an opportunity for students to work with information in some manner that makes the information meaningful. Indeed, these teachers recognize that learning requires students to be actively involved’ (2011: 239).

Active learning can be difficult to define as the approach is implemented in many different ways. Thomas explains that ‘the ...

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