Today I observed a trainee-teacher teaching Science to Year 3 students.
The teacher told me that he had prepared a constructivist-approach lesson.
A very well-planned lesson, I would say, which I would like to share it with you.
Topic: Tanah (Soil)- types and properties
Objectives: Pupils will be able to differentiate the types of soil in terms of their texture.
While watching the video, please help yourself with these questions:
1. What do you understand from a constructivist approach?
2. Do you think the approach the teacher used is a constructivist one (video 1)?
3. Compare the first video with the second video.
Are there any differences that you see?
have your say.
Video 1: students line up
Then, read this:
In the first video, teacher called upon a group to line up and touch and feel the soil. then they went back to their table.
While other students were forced to wait at their table and did nothing.
-Were the students remember 'the soil' once they got back to their table? Why didnt the teacher gave a set of soils for each group and let them explore on their own?
-Why made the other pupils waited without doing anything?
video 2: students 'do' the soil thing
apart from the above matters, it's not only about hands-on that we should focus on. The more crucial part is how we foster the 'minds-on', in other words, the HOTS in students while they carry out such activities?
Well, it's your turn to think!