Interview Participants using the Performance Pyramid Framework (Jones, Murray, Steege, 2012): What do you know about constructivism? What tools/resources do you use to stay up to date on knowledge regarding constructivism? How do you use constructivism in your learning activities? What kind of feedback do you get in regards to use of this theory? What problems do you face when applying constructivism? What do you feel most confident in about using constructivism? What knowledge or skills do you need to help you be successful in using this learning theory?
Set goals and expectations: By the end of the course, the learner will have a deep understanding of what the constructivist theory is, why it plays an important role in learning, and how to implement in their courses to improve learning.
Prior Activity: True Colors Personality Test Show video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA1Aqp0sPQo Have students compare and contrast ideas to own experiences in learning opportunities over their lifetime.
Jigsaw activity: Find researched information on higher order thinking skills, depths of knowledge, connections to real-world, and conversation/discussions
Divide students into four subgroups. Students are assigned different key questions that require them to analyze the same materials from different view points. Each group studies one subgroup and each new group has one expert. New group requires them to peer teach; cooperate to find things in common, unique characteristics, benefits and cons.
Find a video or case study of a real life learning experience. Have students pull out the areas of the lesson that the theory is evident. In this activity, the teacher can reinforce some key points or correct any misconceptions.
Students choose a standard or learning goal and create a lesson using constructivist ideas.
Evaluation should occur throughout the lesson. This includes the interview, pre-schema, jigsaw activity, analysis of learning experience and the lesson plan. The instructor can use observations, interviews, project outcomes, and a rubric.