Tapping into Prior Knowledge
Implementing constructivism or inquiry-based teaching methodologies requires teachers to build on prior knowledge and lead students to connect new concepts with what they already know. Most often teachers follow the Socratic method of asking questions to trigger prior knowledge. If repeated too often, this may get boring for the teacher and the students.
In the following article, Rebecca Alber, Edutopia Consulting Online Editor shares five activities that you can do in class to activate prior knowledge and make class beginnings exciting.