Engaged instruction can be accomplished through learner-centered teaching as described by Kaplowitz (2012, p.5). Collaboration, participation, and shared responsibility for learning among all participants are the three principles of learner-centered teaching I believe are necessary to engage all students. In addition, learners will develop the necessary skills for listening to others, respecting different opinions, asking questions to further investigate a topic, and remaining active in the learning process.
I believe in teaching my students to learn by experimenting because it allows people to make mistakes, apply critical thinking skills, problem solve, overcome obstacles, and create meaningful and lasting knowledge. Each experience adds to a person’s learning, even the poor choices or mistakes allow a person to grow and further their metacognition.