YAYASAN Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB) School recently conducted a workshop on ‘Active Learning’.
A total of 30 teachers of Year 6, Year 7 and Year 8 were given exposure on active learning methods practised in the classroom.
The workshop was conducted at the YSHHB School’s library.
The workshop was delivered by an expert English teacher who is one of the teaching staff and the parent of a student at the school.
Among the objectives of the workshop were revealing the teaching methods that lead to the active involvement of students, learning about diverse teaching techniques that are fun and effective; teaching the skills on structuring of active learning activities and sharing of best practices in education.
According to the Assistant Director, Hjh Donnaliza binti Abdullah Puasa who was present at the workshop sessions, the teachers in YSHHB School are often involved in professional development programmes and are encouraged to be more creative in teaching and learning, sharing best practices and engaging in professional networking.
Active learning is a process in which students participate in a learning activity, discuss or conduct problem solving that encourages them to read, write, analyse, synthesise and evaluate the essence of what is learned.
The main elements include collaboration, problem-based learning elements as well as cooperation.
According to the assistant director, the active learning methodology is in line with the requirements of the National Education System for the 21st Century (SPN21) which emphasises the important skills that need to be implemented, such as communication skills, ICT skills, thinking skills, problem solving and self management and competitive skills.
In this workshop, several examples of active learning methods were taught and the workshop participants played the role of a student in some of the activities such as running dictation, guess the sentence and several other practical activities.
According to the assistant director, this workshop is one of a series of workshops that have been conducted and will continue in the coming years in order to give teachers the latest knowledge and skills.