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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Active Learning in the Classroom: Patricia R. Krajewski, Vivienne B. Piroli

Active learning has existed in one form or another since time began. Memories of favorite teachers exist often because of that teacher’s ability to capture students’ attention and impart lessons in a fun and seemingly effortless way. Why is it that some teachers manage to captivate their students and others seem to lecture their students into disinterest and intense dislike of the subject matter? It is possible to suggest the presence of active learning in the classroom made the difference between lessons that were drudgery and those that were exciting and engaging. It is these latter qualities that exist in active learning classrooms. The point of this teaching strategy is to infuse students with enough enthusiasm to encourage them to become active partners in the learning process.