In Workshop on Tuesday we explored different teaching techniques (passive, active and experiential) for an example lesson regarding the intersection of Homo neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens in prehistoric times. Together, after throwing some spears… and accidentally throwing some adladls, we came to the conclusion that utilizing experiential learning activities in the classroom is a beneficial supplement to passive and active techniques such as lecture and discussion, however sometimes adding experiential learning to lessons can be a challenge. Let’s use this blog space to brainstorm on activities we can think of that are manageable in the classroom (or just outside the classroom), but provide an experiential learning approach.
A lot of hard work went in to the presentation. If you would like to read more about the variety of learning styles and their disciplinary differences, or the theory behind experiential learning, or perhaps you just like games.
Please share an experiential learning activity that you have used or can think of. We would love as many ideas as possible!
Lesson: Physics (or in my case, Global Climate Change and the Greenhouse Effect) - understanding the fate of electromagnetic radiation when it hits the earth including reflection, absorption and transmission.
Activity: On a sunny day, using black and white sheets of paper, demonstrate how the absorption or reflectance of electromagnetic radiation is dependant on surface quality (color). Black sheets will heat up over time, while white sheets will stay cool. Explain how this is due to the “albedo” of a surface and ask the students what surfaces on earth are more like the white sheet vs the black sheet of paper. Also could provide an example using a mirror to demonstrate that reflected EMR stays in the same form as incident (source) radiation (i.e. visible light).
Courtesy of Krista, Anand and Cassie