It's too easy to point out Confucius' saying that ends with "I do and I understand". But it's also true! Learners must be highly involved in experiential teaching strategies to be successful 21st century citizens.

Finally! The simulation is in motion. You’ve

– set the model

– set the roles

– identified the tasks

– demonstrated the process

– connected it to the students’ learning needs and expectations

And now the students take charge of their own learning . I guess that means that you can “go home” or do a crossword puzzle at your desk.

Not.

Your job now is to be the PCC, the Pleasant Continuing Catalyst. And here the key word is Catalyst, that is, the one, as Reggie Jackson once said “who stirs the drink”.

This means that you must, as any good teacher would do, as it would also be if the students were doing research papers in the library, or working on a given project, circulate among the groups to

– monitor and adjust

– clarify expectations

– intervene and support

– pulse-take so that

You will know when to move the process forward.

What you mustn’t do is

– TELL students what to decide unless they are totally floundering!

– force the “flower” to open before its time. By that I mean, for the sake of classroom time hurry the students through the process in order to meet some sort of artificial timeline. If you do this, for sure, the “flower”, that is, your students will not effectively master the process we are talking about.

For you see, it the PROCESS that we are talking about!

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