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Student-Centered Learning: How to Apply It

Kayla Hammons Kayla Hammons March 29, 2017

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Cruising right past Inquiry-Based Learning, we’re moving onto the next trend in our week of learning methods. As a teacher, it is hard enough to keep up with grading papers, let alone researching trends for instruction. It can be a struggle for any professional to stay current in their field, but through student-centered learning techniques you can stay ahead of the curve.

Student-centered learning, what’s it all about?

Believe it or not, the key to student-centered learning is you! Yes, you may be stepping out of the spotlight, but you’re responsible for facilitating this change in your classroom. The purpose of student-centered learning is for the student to develop independence in their learning skills. Teachers should initiate innovative learning practices, testing, as well as encourage students to ask their own questions.

Ways to implement Student-centered learning.

Initially, you should introduce subject matter in a way that gives students the flexibility to think on their own terms, so you should alternate the media that you use. You can introduce hands-on projects, video assignments, and various digital tools. By differentiating learning tools, students can choose the sources they learn from best. There are many teaching strategies to be implemented: like giving students a voice in lesson plans, grading, and testing that make any classrooms more student-centered. Even though students are learning in a new way, you can still develop lesson plans and assignments that cover all the common core standards. The goal is to shift focus of the classroom from traditional teacher-centered lectures to students’ independent thinking.

Handy student-centered resources:

There are many ways that you can alter the role in your classroom from lecturer to instructional coach. When looking for a technological approach to student-centered learning, the 1:1 program is a good place to start. There are also specific lesson plans you can use to maintain focus on student development. Thankfully, student-centered learning is supported by many educators, which provides you with many ideas to try in your class.  

What’s the difference you’ve seen in your classroom since you implemented student-centered learning? What recommendations would you give teachers that are interested in this method?

Topics: Learning

Written by Kayla Hammons

Kayla is a freelance writer from Atlanta, Georgia, and a former teacher passionate about education. When not creating catchy content, she enjoys spending time with her dog and working on her first book. Check back weekly for new content.

 
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