I chose Constructivisim as a topic for my Wiki project, because the teaching tool for this is very beneficial for students in today's classroom. By using constructivisim we're allowing students to learn new things based on the things they already know.

The Top Five Things I Learned:

1) The difference between Social and Cognitive Constructivism. Each depends on ages and stages, and limiting the teaching role. Both are very important in the classroom, but it will vary on the teacher.

2) In Social Constructivism proximity is very important for students to develop faster. It's important to observe for development during the learning process.

3) Classic teaching style is becoming a thing of the past. Lecturing students will be a small part of teaching style in the classroom if you want your students to learn in a healthy enviroment.

4) Cognitive Constructivism is a good teaching tool at the younger ages for students to progress in stages throughout their education.

5) Interaction between students is the most valuable teaching tool you can use to see advancement in their learning.

If you google or youtube constructivism, you would find a boat load of pages that discuss the pro's and con's of this theory. John Abbott discusses the Vygotskian theory and how it was developed into teaching. The difference betweeen objective vs. subjective thinking and how it is used to stimulate the students to expand what they already know. I gave this video 5 out of 5 starts for content, and giving the understanding of constructivism.John Abbott


This video is done by an ameteur who is doing research on the comparison of the traditional classroom vs. constructivist learning. I would score this 3.5 out of 5 because it focuses more on traditional teaching, and shows only the gist of constructivist learning and teaching. This video does dipict the classic teaching style of lecture and how you can lose your students qucikly in a classroom. The scene is from one of the all time movies Ferris Bueller's Day Off, please enjoy.

This article is a great read about the characteristics for learning and teaching constructivism. This gives us three different researchers studies, and priniciples for constructivism, and how it can be effective and used for teaching and learning. I score this article 5 out 5 because it shows the development of the research and the usefullness for constructivism in the classroom.

It shows the impact is has in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. These are keys to help students be successful in the classroom. Does a great job of defining the meaning of constructivism and showing positive examples on how to use it in the classroom. I score this site 4 of out 5. It's a short read, but it gets the point across.

Like some of the other sites it shows the impacts on how constructivism is effective for students to learn at all age levels. It gives various links to Vygotskian theory as well as Piaget's theory on constructivism. It's a longer article and puts the emphasis on having the teacher focus on helping the students be effective "thinkers." I score this article link 4 out of 5.

This site does touch on the constructivism, but it doesn't give much detail on how it's effective in the classroom. It does give the comparison between Cognitive and Social constructivism. The two different types is very important to the classroom and it does come to use when knowing how to use them. Cognitive (Piaget's theory) deals with ages and stages. Social (Vygotskian theory) limited teaching role and used more for established more older students. I score this site 3.5 out of 5.

This video on youtube is pretty funny, but it does cover the essential facts of Vygotskian theory. It keeps things light with its humorous moments in the video. It was done by a student at WOU. I score this video 3 out 5, but it's worth the laugh.

This video shows the foundation of Vygotsky development and his where his theory came from. It talks about his upbringing and how he developed his theory to prove benficial to young kids in this video. I like how it showed progress and charted the difference between independent performance and assisted performance. The focus for the teacher is on zone of proximal development. This video makes it very easy to understand how to use the social approach of constructivism in the classroom. I score this video 5 out of 5.