Happy New Year 2011 from Pinecone Active Learning!

Learning Should Be Fun

childTeaching children is a remarkably challenging task. They have a very short attention span unless suitably motivated. However a motivated, interested child becomes incredibly receptive and you can expect wholehearted involvement.

Active Learning a Proactive Educational Tool

Active Learning is a relatively new teaching method used extensively by progressive educational institutions. This educational tool is proven to be superior to the more conventional teaching methods currently in use. This system is driven by a philosophy of positive student involvement where the obligation to learn is passed on to the student. Now in its third decade, active learning has delivered very promising results and is fast becoming the preferred method of teaching in the more enlightened establishments. The basic concepts of active learning can be customized to students of all age groups and is equally effective all disciplines. Active Learning advocates and strives for total pupil involvement in the learning process to ensure a topic or subject is thoroughly grasped and well imbibed. The essence of this teaching method lies in lively student participation where the instructor assumes as unobtrusive a role as possible acting merely in the capacity of a guide or moderator. Active discussion is an important element towards problem solving. Active learning has been well applied with excellent results in the core disciplines or reading, math and comprehension. Some of the illustrative techniques employed are listed below.

Practical Examples

Interjecting a lesson with practical examples has proven to be most effective in making a student understand the concept of the lesion. A practical example can help a student visualize and relate to a point or theme under discussion. Practical examples as an extension of theoretical knowledge result in more productive learning. They are the most useful too in illustrating and explaining fresh material or subject matter. Through the use of practical examples, a student appreciates that what they are trying to assimilate has practical applications which can be applied to basic problem solving in real life situations.

Case Studies

Case studies are an extension of practical examples since cases are culled from real-life situations where theories are put to practical use. An additional element is often added by the teacher who challenges the student to find case studies which fit the class material. Such a challenge stimulates the students toward constructive thinking on the topic.

Show and Tell

This is an old and effective concept suitable for student in any age group. The premise of its effectiveness is that a student must gain a proper understanding of a subject or concept to be able to convey it to someone else. The student would be required to analyze the topic and express his or her interpretation with clarity of thought.


"Just wanted to give you the heads up that based on grade and test score levels in Math, Natasha was accepted in an Advanced Math class. After all these years, the hard work paid off.

Today, she only spent 15 min on her homework (which is a 50% time reduction) compared to earlier this week. I think she is finally getting the hang of the sequencing challenge..."

- Ines
Pinecone's Strategy

Pinecone's methodology is to run the two foundation programs of Math and Reading at a pace which allows the child to assimilate the subject matter and apply the new acquired skills to practical problem solving. The coaching is structured so that the child is able to reason for him/herself to achieve the highest level of comprehension. Regular practice and support instills self confidence and stimulates an eagerness to progress to the next level. Each student is groomed to anticipate and surmount hurdles consistent with present day education. The end result is a happy and confident child who is justifiably proud of his or her academic achievements.

For more details of this Bay Area teaching center and its unique, result-oriented teaching methodology please visit its website at Currently it offers some special discounts, details of which can be gotten by calling 408.270.4548.

About Vivian Hobbs

Ms. Hobbs is a qualified educator with an M.S. degree in Industrial Psychology and 30 years of experience in math and research design. Children's education and research into the best learning methods have always been at the forefront of her career.

Where can I learn more?

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