''Learning is experience.

Everything else is just information''

― Albert Einstein

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What is Active learning?

Active learning is an educational approach where students get involved in activities and tasks, making them active participants in their learning.

Unlike traditional lectures, active learning engages learners through interactive methods like:

  • group discussions,

  • problem-solving,

  • and hands-on projects.

This approach recognizes and caters to diverse learning styles, fostering critical thinking and practical application of knowledge.

It’s a great match for Neurodiverse children because it offers multisensory learning experiences, engaging multiple senses to enhance understanding and retention.

Additionally, it often includes Social-Emotional Learning components, which support the development of social skills and emotional regulation.


  1. Advantages

  2. Disadvantages

  3. Types

  • Group Discussions for Collaborative Learning

  • Problem-solving Exercises for Critical Thinking

  • Case Studies for Practical Understanding

  • Role-playing and Simulations for Exploration

  • Interactive Lectures with Engaging Elements

  • Peer Teaching for Reinforcement

1. Advantages of Active Learning

Here are some of the advantages that Active Learning offers to children and their families:

Increased Engagement

Active learning methods capture and maintain students' attention, keeping them more engaged in the learning process.

Improved Retention

Hands-on experiences enhance information retention, helping students remember concepts better over the long term.

Enhanced Critical Thinking

Active learning encourages students to analyze, evaluate, and apply knowledge, fostering critical thinking skills.

Better Collaboration

Many active learning activities involve group work, promoting collaboration and communication among students.

Real-world Application

Active learning often simulates real-world scenarios, helping students connect theoretical knowledge to practical situations.

2. Disadvantages of Active Learning


Some active learning activities may require more time than traditional lectures, potentially impacting the coverage of course material.

Resource Intensive

Certain activities may need additional resources, such as technology or materials, which could pose challenges in resource-limited environments.

Not for every subject

Some subjects, like advanced mathematics, complex historical events, abstract scientific theories, and advanced language skills, can be trickier to teach actively.

Unequal Participation

In group activities, there may be variations in student participation, potentially leaving some students less engaged.

Resistance to Change

Both educators and students may be resistant to departing from traditional teaching methods, making the implementation of active learning challenging.

3. Types of Active Learning

Group Discussions

Encouraging students to discuss topics in small groups promotes collaborative learning.

Problem-Solving Exercises

Presenting real-world problems and allowing students to solve them fosters critical thinking and application of knowledge.

  • Case Studies

    Analyzing real or hypothetical situations helps students understand the practical implications of theoretical concepts.

  • Role-playing and Simulations

    Acting out scenarios related to the subject matter allows students to explore different perspectives and outcomes.

  • Interactive Lectures

    Incorporating interactive elements within traditional lectures, such as quizzes or discussions, keeps students engaged.

  • Peer Teaching

    Students take turns teaching each other, reinforcing their understanding of the material.

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FAQ: 10 Most Asked Questions about Active Learning

1. What’s an example of Active Learning?

Active learning is all about solving real problems by doing.

Here are some examples:

1. Recycling Project

If you're studying recycling, have your child sort household recyclables and create a recycling plan.

They can research which items can be recycled, track the amount of waste reduced, and present their findings.

2. Nature Journal

For a biology lesson, take your child on nature walks to observe plants and animals.

Have them keep a journal where they draw, describe, and categorize what they see.

This helps them learn about ecosystems and biodiversity hands-on.

3. Cooking Math

Have your child follow a recipe, measure ingredients, and adjust portions.

They can calculate measurements, convert units, and even learn about fractions and ratios through practical application.

4. Historical Role-Play

When studying history, assign your child a historical figure to research.

They can dress up and present a day in the life of that person, explaining their significance and the historical context.

This makes history engaging and memorable.

5. DIY Science Experiments

Conduct simple science experiments at home.

For instance, make a volcano using baking soda and vinegar to demonstrate chemical reactions.

Have your child predict the outcome, observe the reaction, and explain the science behind it.

These examples not only make learning interactive and fun but also help children develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and practical skills.

2. How do I keep my child engaged in Active Learning?

To keep your child engaged in active learning:;

- Follow their interests: Relate lessons to things they love.

For instance, if your child loves insects, create a project exploring different bug habitats.

They can research, build a bug habitat, and observe insects, making learning interactive and fun.

- Let them choose: Give options on how they want to learn.

- Work together: Team up for group projects or experiments.

For example, my daughter love dogs, so she researched the breeds she likes the most and created Cute Doggy Notebooks to sell. Check them out here!

3. Is Active Learning good or bad?

Active learning is awesome because:

  • It makes learning exciting and memorable.

  • Kids understand and remember more.

  • They develop important skills like critical thinking.

However, it can take more time and effort to set up.

4. What’s an example of Active Learning in action?

Project-Based Learning (PBL) provides an excellent example of active learning in action.

PBL projects are often interdisciplinary, integrating concepts from various subjects such as science, math, language arts, and social studies.

By working on a project, students can see the connections between different disciplines, making their learning more meaningful and relevant.

Example: Create a garden together to learn about plants, weather, and ecosystems.

5. How do I know if my child is an active learner?

Your child might be an active learner if they:

  • Love hands-on activities.

  • Enjoy solving puzzles and building things.

  • Ask lots of questions and like to discuss ideas.

6. How do different homeschooling methods include active learning to keep children engaged in their education?

Different homeschooling methods incorporate active learning to keep children engaged in their education in various ways:

1. Eclectic Approach: In an eclectic homeschooling environment, parents often incorporate active learning strategies such as hands-on projects, experiments, and field trips to engage children in their learning process.

2. Project-Based Learning (PBL): PBL is inherently rooted in active learning principles.

Children actively engage in projects, research, problem-solving, and collaboration, leading to a deeper understanding of the subject matter.

3. Montessori Method: The Montessori approach encourages active learning through hands-on exploration and manipulation of materials in a prepared environment.

Children have the freedom to choose activities that interest them, fostering independence and self-directed learning.

4. Charlotte Mason Method: While the Charlotte Mason method emphasizes living books, nature study, and narration, it also encourages active participation in learning.

Children are encouraged to interact with the material through nature walks, art appreciation, and discussions.

5. Classical Education: Although classical education may seem more traditional in its approach, active learning can still be incorporated.

For example, students actively engage in Socratic discussions, debates, and hands-on activities related to classical subjects such as Latin and logic.

7. How do I assess Active Learning?

  • Keep a portfolio: Collect their projects and work.

  • Presentations: Let them show and tell what they’ve learned.

  • Peer reviews: Encourage them to give and get feedback from friends or family.

8. Does active learning really work?

Yes! A new Harvard study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that active learning is more effective than traditional lectures.

Lead author Louis Deslauriers and his team discovered that although students felt they learned more from lectures, they actually scored higher on tests following active learning sessions.

Active learning methods, such as collaborative problem-solving and group activities, improve student engagement and academic achievement.

9. Which is better: passive or Active Learning?

Active learning usually wins because it’s engaging and fun. But a mix of both can be the best approach.

10. What are three fun Active Learning strategies?

  • Think-Pair-Share: Think about a question, discuss it with a partner, and share it with the group.

  • Jigsaw: Learn one part of a topic, then teach it to others.

  • Role-Playing: Act out scenarios to understand different perspectives.

I hope this FAQ makes Active Learning fun and easy for you and your child.

Enjoy your homeschooling adventure!

DdL Mom

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