|Participants explore problems using
various modes of engagement that reflect different learning styles
including discussion, role-plays, storytelling, and theater. New formats
encourage brainstorming and innovative problem solving. Participants
often plan group interactions within the classroom as well as group
projects tackling real world problems.
This form of experimentation requires intensive preparation, including
meeting with small groups of participants in advance. Student or
participant involvement in designing innovative formats is key.
It makes a huge difference to participant’s willingness to
take intellectual risks, to invest energy in the learning project,
to retain information long-term and to begin to innovate and problem-solve
creatively. Teacher-designed role-plays encourage active learning
but often do not have these community building or cascading effects.