April 4th- a step in promoting — s t u d e n t – c e n t e r e d learning


As I further into my research for my i-search topic of “Student-centered Classrooms” I came across a video that neatly summarizes student-centered learning. This powerful video brings awareness about the current outdated classroom system that is embedded into our education system. The video notes that approximately 50% of students are getting by through the traditional classroom structure. We are defining school by what we know, but have not tried to find a system that will improve and benefit our students. The video highlights that through student-centered learning, students are able to experience learning in a way that is personalized and such that involves the student is his or her own learning. There are 4 principles that come with student-centered learning. The first and probably the most contentious one is “learning is personalized”. This includes involvement from the teacher. By creating strong teacher-student relationships, students feel their teacher is a person they can trust. The teacher in turn gets to know their students more so that he or she can adapt their teaching strategies in a manner that benefits his or her pupils. The teacher sets a structure in the classroom that allows the students to personalize their learning and meet the expectations so that they can exceed. Further, when learning is personalized teachers are able to nurture to each of their students learning based on their level of competency. The second principle is “competency-based”. This principle highlights that all learning occurs at different rates. Instead of generalizing every students learning according to lesson plans, a teacher can do student-assessment activities that can determine what stage each student is at of their own learning. From here they can form small groups of students who are at similar learning stages and become more personal with these students to find out how the teacher can help. The third principle “learning can happen anytime and anywhere”. Learning is often confined to a school building, but learning can in fact occur at any given point. Lastly, the last principle touches on the subject of “students take ownership”. I think a common misconception in student-centered classrooms is that it is often assumed that the students are completely in control and the teacher plans around the students interests. However, it does not imply that there is no structure or control from the teacher. Student-centered classrooms instead find a medium that gives students the freedom to take ownership in their own learning. The video encourages teachers to make classroom decisions with students and discuss criteria so that students feel like they are included in their own learning. Overall, student-centered learning provides an opportunity for students to be supported in their school system. It allows for school to be a place that gives them confidence and support from teachers wherein they can succeed.


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