Active learning is an approach to education that seeks to expand the learning experience beyond the traditional concept of a teacher delivering direct instruction to students.
When students are engaged in active learning, they are working through activities such as reading, writing, discussion, choice boards and problem-solving, promoting analysis, synthesis and evaluation of class content.
In Our Schools
The Middletown Township Public School District has adapted the university "Active Learning Classroom" model from Rutgers University, and designed and implemented five new mathematics "Active Learning Classrooms" in our middle schools and high schools.
The two high school rooms have wall-to-wall whiteboards, flexible seating, personal easels and more. The three middle school rooms have flexible seats with whiteboard tops, a table with flexibility for small group instruction, wall-to-wall whiteboards, and other active learning amenities. In all of these classrooms, students have the ease and flexibility to make their thinking visible, receive feedback from a variety of peers and the instructor, and deeply engage in content at their own pace.
The Benefits of Active Learning
Research has shown that active learning, when compared to individualistic learning, improves academic achievement, the quality of interpersonal interactions between peers, a student's self-esteem and perceptions of greater social support.
Active learning can take many forms, including:
Cooperative and collaborative learning
Gallery walks and much more
Please take a video tour of one of our active learning classrooms below with District Director of Mathematics K-12, Dr. John Kerrigan, and Bayshore Middle School teacher Mr. Zachary Baltz.