Looking for ways to transform your students with real-world learning experiences? Transformational teaching methods allow instructors to act as guides in designing and facilitating experiential student learning, rather than requiring more time at the podium lecturing.
Transformational experiences require a little more development and planning upfront, but can result in better learning outcomes with valuable critical thinking and teamwork skills for students. Here are 4 simple steps for planning transformational student learning experiences (summarized from this article in Edutopia):
- Integrate hands-on activities where students are directly analyzing, creating, interpreting knowledge, or solving real-world problems.
- Treat class time like a persuasive essay, explaining lessons in storytelling format, with personal anecdotes, visuals, and plenty of examples.
- Create opportunities for students to make connections between existing knowledge and new ideas. Allow experimentation that ensures students can learn from mistakes, correct common errors in reasoning, and detect inconsistencies.
- Include time for reflection: Learning really “sticks” when we can reflect and articulate new knowledge and acknowledge how it transformed us.