Active learning – Being involved and concentrating

Children want to be in control and to act autonomously. They can be highly motivated to learn about things and to master different activities. Find out about how being deeply involved is one of the key features of learning to learn in an active way and how children achieve these levels of involvement. 

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  • The characteristics of effective teaching and learning
  • Active learning
  • Levels of involvement
  • Ferre Laevers
  • Motivation
  • Curiosity
  • Concentration
  • Self chosen activities
  • Working towards a goal
  • Self-regulation

When children are intrinsically motivated towards their own goals they’re much more likely to persist and concentrate. See what it looks like when children achieve something for themselves which is not reliant on external praise or rewards. 

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  • Characteristics of effective teaching and learning
  • Self-regulated learning
  • Concentrating
  • Persistance
  • Achieving a goal
  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Social learning
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Children want to be in control
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and to act autonomously.
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They need to have the freedom to act independently.
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Babies concentrate enormously.
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They're highly motivated to learn
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about things and to master different activities.
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They're deeply involved, and this is one
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of the key features of learning,
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to learn in an active way.
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They're active in their own learning.
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As babies, this mainly involves movements
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and mastering activities and becoming competent
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at an activity.
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As they get older,
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it includes working towards understanding some things.
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Levers developed a scale that measured the level
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of involvement in an activity.
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The high score being total involvement and fascination.
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This is what leads to deep concentration
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and enjoyment as children in this state are determined
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to master or work something out.
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Children experience deep satisfaction
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in getting involved in working towards a goal.
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If one thing happens that doesn't fit in
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with what they know, they'll concentrate
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on trying to master it or understand it,
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they're curious, they want to know how it fits in
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or doesn't with what we know already.
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These children are persistent
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What is it?
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Children who are becoming self-regulated
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will be drawn towards things they can't quite do
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or understand.
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Oh yes.
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It is here.
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Oh, where did it go?
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If one thing happens
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that doesn't fit in with what they know, they'll concentrate
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on trying to master it or understand it.
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They're curious.
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They want to know how it fits in
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or doesn't with what they know already.
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These children are persistent.
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I wish we had a picture of it so we know
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Oh yes see.
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The level of involvement
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is most readily achieved when children choose
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their own activities.
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They can choose their own level of challenge.
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Self chosen activities, whether it's time and freedom
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for children to become involved are most likely to lead
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to deep concentration and high levels of involvement.
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When children are fully immersed
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in an activity and are not easily distracted,
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this is described as being in a state of flow.
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This happens most often when children are playing
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at a self-chosen activity.