"Should students be encouraged to use their prior knowledge to become more active participants in the classroom, or should they rely on their teacher for all the answers?"
What do you already know about Activating Prior Knowledge?
Prior knowledge is what you already know about a topic. Activating prior knowledge means using that knowledge to help you learn something new. This can help you understand something more quickly and easily.
Activating Prior Knowledge
Prior Knowledge: Knowledge acquired in the past that can be used to help understand new information. Activating Prior Knowledge: Taking Prior Knowledge and using it to help better understand new information. Retrieval Practice: Using different activities and strategies to help students remember and access prior knowledge.
Activating prior knowledge is a way to help the brain better retain new information. It helps the brain to make connections between the new and the old. Activating prior knowledge not only helps you remember the new, it can also help you better understand the new material. Research suggests that using prior knowledge during problem-solving can help to reduce anxiety and improve performance.
Did you know?
What prior knowledge do you have about the topic of cell phone before age 14?
What questions do you have about the topic of activating prior knowledge?
What are some strategies you can use to activate prior knowledge when learning a new concept?
What do you think is the importance of activating prior knowledge when learning something new?
Brain break: Create a drawing of a cityscape that is populated by animals wearing human clothes! You must include at least 5 different animals and each one should be wearing a different type of clothing. Think of the most creative and unusual clothing combinations you can imagine!
Question: How can you activate prior knowledge to understand a new concept? Clues: • Think about topics you already know and apply them to the new concept. • Make connections between the new concept and what you already know. • Look for patterns, similarities, or differences between the new concept and what you already know. In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Draw a picture that shows how your prior knowledge can help you understand a new concept. B. Work with a partner to explain your picture and how the prior knowledge helps you understand the new concept.
What is the purpose of activating prior knowledge?
- To assess students' current knowledge of a topic
- To help students learn a new topic
- To teach students how to ask questions
- To give students an introduction to a topic
What is an example of activating prior knowledge?
- Reviewing notes from a previous class
- Asking students to do a group project
- Having students draw a picture that represents a concept
- Giving students a multiple choice quiz
When can activating prior knowledge be used?
- Before starting a lesson
- During a lesson
- After a lesson
- All of the above
What is a benefit of activating prior knowledge?
- Helps students better retain information
- Helps students think critically
- Gives students practice in problem solving
- All of the above
What is the goal of activating prior knowledge?
- To give students a new perspective on a topic
- To help students review material they already know
- To give students a sense of accomplishment
- To help students better understand a topic
Work together in pairs: What is something that you already know about a topic you are about to learn in class?