Morning all! Happy Friday. Here it’s a people free day to attend the show, but alas, there is work to be done. Prac approaches as do assignment due dates for other classes! Today I wanted to explore The 5Es that we read a little about in this weeks learning modules. These been a few other EDC3100 students discussing this topic as well during the week, as well as related topics, check out this awesome post.
But, down to business … What is are the 5Es?? The 5Es are an Inquiry Based Learning Model, one of my favourite instructional methods. In inquiry based learning situations students are encouraged to develop a question and to then search for an answer, creating their own knowledge and understanding along the way. The teacher moves from in control and in charge to the role of facilitator and guide, which I prefer.
Specifically, the 5Es are: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate. This article elaborates and explains what this looks like in an educational setting.
- Engage: At this point of the lesson you are looking to motivate the student and involve them actively. The teacher tries to stimulate and motivate students to somehow gain their attention and ‘hooks’ them into, or ‘excites’ them about the subject or topic.
- Explore: Under Explore the students become active in their own learning. Similar to Gagne’s theory which we looked at before, they investigate new areas of knowledge and relate it to what they previously knew. The teacher focuses on the students using different types of skills to uncover this knowledge, and different types of thinking processes to conceptualize what they are learning.
- Explain: In the ‘Explain’ stage the learners, or maybe the teacher, share their growing knowledge with each other or with external audiences. Students can choose different ways in which that they can explain or demonstrate their new knowledge or skill. They may create physical or multimedia products or artefacts which explain the understandings that they now have.
- Elaborate: In the ‘Elaborate’ phase students make connections to their previous learning and work to show the connections to the future steps of their learning.
- Evaluate: The Evaluate phase. Although this occurs at the end of this cycle, it is in fact something that happens constantly. In the development of the lesson plan the teacher has evaluated their existing understanding of the students’ knowledge and similarly at the end and during the lesson the teacher is constantly monitoring the progress of the learner. The reflective teacher will be evaluating his or her own teaching and management of the lesson. Also the teacher will evaluate the learning strategies that they have chosen to use, the appropriateness of the content, how well the timing worked and how well they set up the learning space to facilitate effective learning. At the same time the teacher will be giving feedback to students in an ongoing way. Finally students themselves have a part in this evaluation process to look at their own learning.
If you are interested, the following clip explains this process in more depth.
This clip offers a practical example of The 5Es in the classroom.
I will be using this model a lot in prac as it fits with my teaching preferences without alienating any of the students’ learning preferences, empowers students to take an active role in their own learning and lastly as it fits with my philosophy of teaching.
Happy studying all!