What makes Camp Golden Gate unique compared to other camps in Europe?
According to Stanford University School of Medicine, 'Interactive learning actively engages the students in wrestling with the material. It reinvigorates the classroom for both students and instructors. Lectures are changed into discussions, and students and teachers become partners in the journey of knowledge acquisition.
This Interactive Learning style is what we use prominent throughout, and we are focused on subjects that are on-trend for the education of the future. Many schools across the world use Interactive Learning because it works. Because the learning process seems to be constantly changing, lessons are much more engaging and dynamic.
Furthermore, Camp Golden Gate invites teachers across Europe to partner with American teachers to share their knowledge, experiences, and teaching methods. By pairing them together, the teachers learn from each other which further enhances the quality of learning in the classroom and also enriches the environment, delivering rewards for both our teachers and our students.
Interactive learning is a more hands-on, real-world process of relaying information in learning and non-learning specific settings. The traditional style of passive learning relies on a student listening to a teacher's lecture or rote memorization of information, figures, or equations. However, with interactive learning, students are invited to participate in the conversation, through technology, role-playing, or group exercises in class. This approach is critical, as Eric Mazur (Professor at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) points out, “Active learning, not passive learning makes it impossible to sleep through a class.” When a learning environment is fueled with participation, the students feel part of the solution. They feel that their voice is important and is being heard, and more importantly they feel engaged.
In addition to engaging the students who are raised in a hyper-stimulated environment, interactive learning sharpens critical thinking skills, which are fundamental to the development of analytic reasoning. A child who can explore an open-ended question with imagination and logic is learning how to make decisions, as opposed to just regurgitating memorized information. This style of learning also teaches how to collaborate and work successfully in groups. It is an essential skill as workplace structures become more team-based.
According to Carleton College: “Making lectures interactive by including interactive techniques such as think-pair-share, demonstrations, and role playing, can:
Teaching styles may differ amongst teachers and courses. However, every interactive learning style at Camp Golden Gate will incorporate a multitude of goals under a single platform. Interactive classes are designed around a simple principle: Without practical application, students often fail to comprehend the depths of the study material: interactive teaching styles at Camp Golden Gate promote an atmosphere of attention, participation, and inclusion. We make it interesting; we make it exciting, and we make it fun.
Rather than having only individual students answer questions when called on, interactive techniques allow all students to participate and through technology, we achieve total inclusion. Research has shown that this engagement leads to deeper learning and retention.
By being part of Camp Gold Gate, students will experience different interactive teaching styles. For example:
In the Introduction to Business course the instructor will encourage participants to come together in group sessions that focus on a single topic. Within each group, every student contributes his/her thoughts and ideas. Discussion and collaboration in each group is encouraged, we believe everyone can learn from each other's input and experiences. This interactive learning approach is called a Buzz session.
In the Public Speaking course, the teacher will use the incident process style. This teaching style involves a case study format. However, the process is not as rigid as a full case study training session. The focus is about learning how to solve real problems, involving real people. Small groups of students are given details from actual incidents and then asked to develop a workable solution.