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Constructivist Lesson Plan Example

Constructivist Lesson Plan Example
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Instructor: Jamie Stamm
Constructivism is a teaching method and philosophy that is unique in the world of education. This lesson explains the theories of constructivism and shares a sample template for you to use.

What Is Constructivism?

Constructivism is a theory originated by educational theorist Jean Piaget. Remember him from your psychology classes? Piaget believed young children learn by doing, constructing knowledge from experiences rather than from adults telling them about their world.

Picture young children in a sandbox. As they scoop and shovel sand into a bucket, they're learning how much sand it takes to fill the bucket. Compare that to a teacher telling students, 'Seven scoops of sand will fill this bucket.' Which do you think will be long lasting and more impactful?

According to Piaget, and others who practice what is known as constructivist education, the method most likely to truly educate students is the one in which they experience their world. Let's take a look at how the constructivist model compares to traditional teaching.

Constructivist vs. Traditional Teaching

In the constructivist method, teachers provide learning experiences for students and give students the opportunities to think through problems and find solutions. They see student mistakes as opportunities to tailor learning and allow students to work with others. Curriculum is 'top-down,' emphasizing the big ideas and assessment is formative. Curriculum evolves as student learning progresses.

In traditional teaching, teachers give information directly to students and focus on one correct answer. They view mistakes as wrong and students work alone for most of the day. Curriculum is 'bottom-up', presented in parts with stress on individual skills, and assessment is summative, used to grade a student. Additionally, the curriculum is fixed.

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