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The White House designated today, October 25, 2016 as Active Learning Day! Active learning makes large science classes more engaging for all students and helps keep women and other underrepresented students on the path to success in STEM careers. Watch our video to learn more about active learning in UW Biology.
On this day, STEM educators at all grade levels, from K-12 through college and university, are encouraged to spend at least 10 minutes using an active learning technique in their classrooms. Implementing active learning can be as simple as using small group discussions for problem-solving, asking students to write down a question they have following a lesson, or allowing time for self-assessment and reflection by the students; it also can be as expansive as hands-on technology activities or engaging students in authentic scientific research or engineering design. In addition to participation by teachers, faculty, and students in the classroom that day, Active Learning Day will also provide a launching point for educators, administrators, and students to initiate local conversations about how to provide broader support for implementation of active-learning strategies in classrooms through the school year to engage the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators.
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