Constructivism

If children are excited, curious, resourceful, and confident about their ability to figure things out and eager to exchange opinions with other adults and children, they are bound to go on learning, particularly when they are out of the classroom and throughout the rest of their lives.
–Constance Kamii

Constructivist education embraces the idea that children construct or formulate their own understanding of the world; learning is not only an interpretive process but an active one. The child is an agent, acting on what they sense and on what they already know to create an understanding unique to each child.
Constructivist education models take many forms. Montessori, Project Approach, Emergent Curriculum, Play-based Curriculum, High Scope and others all state that they rely on constructivist principles. There is debate over how well particular approaches implement Constructivism. At the core, any program claiming to be Constructivist should build on a child’s interest and critical thinking skills, allowing the child to build his or her own interpretation of concepts. Most, but certainly not all, approaches that label themselves Constructivist acknowledge the work of Jean Piaget and his theory of cognitive development.

Check out the video below. Does this Constructivist approach to correcting math work differ from what you experienced as a child?

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