March 26th- An experience in a student-centered classroom

http://wnpr.org/post/meriden-schools-focus-learning-around-student

As I further into my i-search “student-center classrooms” research, I found a news article that discusses and reflects upon Platt High School’s most recent advancement towards a student-center curriculum. One of the central components they have incorporated in the curriculum is technology. It was interesting to read about the different types of technology that the classroom has adopted in the classroom. To name a few, these include computers, laptops, cellphones, and iPads. One of my main concerns with technology is the use of personal cellphones is how can teachers guarantee their students are being productive and keeping up with their work? For example, through the use of one’s personal phone one has other personal app’s such as “Instagram” that are easily accessible. Is there a way to minimize these potential interactions? Would relying on technology sources such as school computers and iPad’s minimize these distractions and prevent students from being tempted to use them?

However, the news article mentions that with this new approach “oddly enough, most of [the students] are not distracted”. Technology offers to different methods from which students can learn. For example, they can research through Twitter, Google, etc. Technology in classrooms is described as a “use for education”.

Another big concern with student-center classrooms is how effective they are in classrooms. The news blog shares this same concern, “Of course giving teenagers this kind of freedom can be a double-edged sword. Some students take advantage or become distracted.” In other words, teachers have to be very diligent when doing lesson plans and have to make sure students are staying on top of their school work.

Since it is hard to keep track of each student’s work every class I think teachers can give out self-assessment worksheets to be done after every class. This way a student is able to explain and provide evidence to their teacher regarding the work that was accomplished in class.

Although, student-center classrooms appear difficult to execute, reading personal experiences from other classrooms such as this one brings new knowledge and possibility to teachers who are considering adopting this type of methods in the classroom. It is through trial and error by which our education system improves!

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