Increasing Independent Thinking in the Classroom. A Few Points to consider.

The characteristics of a motivating and engaging classroom promotes student independent thinking. Teachers are facilitators that assist learners in creating meaning when they make connections. Students must become scientists and learn to use resources for constructing new experiences with transform their understanding of content. Students should evolve in science by learning and finding appropriate ways for sharing the information. Discovery Education provides vast number resources in the Science Techbook to focus students on exploring new information, while building on their prior knowledge. Reading passages, video segments, both virtual and hands on activities are all great resources for motivating students in learning science.

Providing resources and time for all students to explore and discover in their learning gives students more opportunity in becoming responsible for their own learning. A classroom arrangement that allows students easy access to information and materials will contribute to the management of resources and time. Many instructional strategies that include the use of collaborative groups can create an environment for students to learn from one another, share knowledge and make meaning of learning goals and new information. Collaboration leads to increased critical thinking and problem solving. Efficiency and effectiveness is increased through classroom arrangements that are centered on instructional strategies that give students support and time for reaching learning goals.

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