Activity 2: A Learning Experience
Purpose: To highlight positive and negative learning experiences. To introduce PCC (Purposeful, Contextual, Constructivist) by using the participants' frame of reference.
Key discoveries: By having participants think about a time that they learned something, this activity can be used to illustrate that all of us are learners, and EFF is about all learners, not just a certain population of learners.
Target audience: Teachers and administrators
Facilitation notes: When you write down participants' comments, be sure to try to capture the essence of what they said without taking the time to write very single word down.
Links to other activities: This could also link to a discussion about assessment if you want to focus on the "evidence" participants talked about - "how did they know they learned." Have them compare how they know they have learned something to the way their learners know they are learning.
Description of Activity:
Step 2: When everyone is done writing, ask groups to share their responses. While they are sharing with the large group, jot down some of the key phrases that captures their ideas. By doing so, together you and the audience should be able to create a picture of what adult learning looks like. Really work at drawing out their responses, don't allow them to generalize. "How did you know what it was you needed to learn?" "How did the teacher/mentor/friend figure out what you already knew before helping you learn something new?" "How did you know that you had learned it [whatever it may be]?"
Step 3: Charts of positive and negative learning experiences will be available for the next activity.
Segue: Audience comments should provide the ideal segue for a discussion about PCC. If the audience learned best through particular experiences, how do teachers provide a similar environment where great learning can occur for their students?