Learning Engagement: Promoting Hands-On Learning

Hands-on Learning

Learning Engagement: Promoting Hands-On Learning

Hands-on learning is a method of teaching in which students learn by practicing. Instead of merely listening to an instructor talk on a subject, the student engages with it to solve a problem or create something.

This method of learning is accomplished through activity. Practical learning experiences stimulate the brain in diverse ways.

Learners are encouraged to learn by exploration through hands-on activities. Hands-on learning improves cognitive abilities.

Benefits of Hands-On Learning:

  • A more engaging way to learn
  • Leads to increased retention
  • Develops critical thinking skills
  • Allows students to practice the skills they have learned
  • Encourages creativity
  • Improves communication and collaboration skills
  • Decreases boredom

Top 5 Ways to Incorporate Hands-On Learning:

  1. Integrate manipulatives into lessons.
  2. Bring in real objects and use them in lessons
  3. Encourage collaboration and discussion
  4. Offer multiple strategies, activities, and tools
  5. Encourage design and real-world projects

Students learn more effectively when they can relate to a subject and find it personally meaningful. When the brain is involved in forming connections and creating familiar patterns, learning occurs. Students actively involved in hands-on learning retain 70% of the information.

A hands-on approach to education is ideal for fostering a growth mindset because it helps students to see firsthand that the only restrictions that exist are those, they impose on themselves.

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