Notes: Constructivist Teaching Practices

“Children build their own knowledge of the world as they attempt to make connections between what they already know and that which is new to them.”

“Interest is the energy required to set off the constructivist process.”


  1. Create and present intriguing situations – challenging tasks or problems – that inspire learners to want to figure something out. For this to work, teachers must be aware of what students already know and what they are able to do. [scaffolding]
  2. Facilitate/navigate

    Learning is:

    cognitive: process of resolving intriguing situations
    social: need for educational dialogues; learning can rarely be done in isolation especially learning to think in new ways.


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