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If kids can't learn the way we teach, perhaps we should teach the way kids learn?




E-5 is the constructivist learning technique adopted by the DEECD. Each of the five E's represents a different aspect of teaching and/or learning in effective classrooms.

1. Engage - Immersing students into the learning content. Capture attention, interest and curiosity.

2. Explore - Allowing students to take the first steps with the learning content, and to uncover any misconceptions.

3. Explain - Allowing students to explain to self, peers and teacher what they have learnt so far, and again, to uncover any misconceptions before moving forward with deeper learning. Assessments are usually informal by self, peers or teacher.

4. Elaborate - This is where deeper learning takes place. Students experiment and take risks with the learning content, form new understandings and start creating and predicting using their current knowledge plus what they are finding in their experiments. Students can be invited to help with creating assessment criteria for rubrics which will be used later on. Students must also evaluate how they are going with their learning journey, and adapt where necessary.

5. Evaluate - Looking back at the learning journey so far - What have you learnt? Looking forward - Where to from here? How can we use what we have learnt, in new situations, or to solve real life problems? More formal and rigorous assessments are used such as projects, presentations, using rubrics etc.

The e5 model is not linear - a teacher can move from one E to the next or previous E at any time, depending on the needs of the students. The use of the E's is driven by the learning needs of the students and the teacher's own teaching style.

Below is a slideshare which shows how each of the five E's can be linked back to Web 2 tools (i.e. how technology can be integrated into the E5 classroom):