Constructivism, according to Walter Kintsch’s article (Kintsch, refers to minimal guidance in instruction. What exactly does that mean? From what I understand it means that the student must play an active role in his/her acquisition of knowledge. This is to be done by a series of activities that allow students to retrieve their background information and use it to collect data, organize it, create and share information. The teacher’s role is to assist students on their quest for knowledge. This does not mean that students do what ever they want, the teacher creates an objective and guidelines which students must follow. These allow creativity and for students to find their own path in order to fulfill the objective.
We were set in groups and had to answer a question referencing information we had previously read. Etherpad worked as a platform where we could record answers and see what other people wrote. We were then relocated to new groups in which we were the “experts” of our question and had to explain to our peers.
Kintsch, W. (2006). Learning and constructivism. In S. Tobias & T.M. Duffy (Eds.) Constructivist instruction: Success or failure? (pg. 223). New York: Routledge.