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5 ways to make your classroom more student-centered

5 ways to make your classroom more student-centered | On education | Scoop.it

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, December 31, 2013 3:59 PM

Justin shares 5 ways to create learner-centered classrooms. What a great way to start the new year by putting the learner at the center!

 

1. A student-centered classroom allows students to be an integral part of the assessment development process.

 

2. A student-centered classroom focuses on finding solutions to real-world problems.

 

3. A student-centered classroom is not about what the teacher is doing or what the teacher has done; it's about what the students are doing and what the students can do in the future.

 

4. A student-centered classroom embraces the notion that there are multiple ways to accomplish an individual task.

 

5. A student-centered classroom firmly believes that there is a partnership and a strong level of trust between educators and students.

Phillip Heath's curator insight, January 19, 2014 4:08 PM

Relationships will always be the heart of education

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Rethinking Learning as Experiential and Learner-Focused

Rethinking Learning as Experiential and Learner-Focused | On education | Scoop.it
Ben Kestner, Middle School Principal at St. John's International School in Belgium, shares how to personalize learning.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, April 14, 2013 5:43 PM

Ben shared the curriculum that is experiential, learner-focused and based on these 7 MS competencies:

 

>> Self-Assessor: in health, mind, spirituality and organization

>>  Contributor: through empathy and understanding; making a difference to the surrounding world

>> Creator: being an innovator, designer and maker of new things

>> Communicator: with compassion through oral, written, visual, musical, non-verbal and dance.

>> Collaborator: team member, leading and negotiating, sharing

>> Explorer: showing curiosity, taking risks and experimenting

>> Thinker: creative, critical, analytical, broad minded

 

They came up with the 3 Big Ideas last year. For one week three times during the year, there are themes where learners self-direct their learning.

 

Vicki Butler's comment, May 1, 2013 12:03 PM
These competencies remind me of Gardner's 5 Minds for the Future.
Vicki Butler's curator insight, May 1, 2013 12:04 PM

These competencies are reflective of Gardner's 5 Minds for the Future and borrowing from Kathleen McClaskey's insights: 

Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Ben shared the curriculum that is experiential, learner-focused and based on these 7 MS competencies:

 

>> Self-Assessor: in health, mind, spirituality and organization

>>  Contributor: through empathy and understanding; making a difference to the surrounding world

>> Creator: being an innovator, designer and maker of new things

>> Communicator: with compassion through oral, written, visual, musical, non-verbal and dance.

>> Collaborator: team member, leading and negotiating, sharing

>> Explorer: showing curiosity, taking risks and experimenting

>> Thinker: creative, critical, analytical, broad minded

 

They came up with the 3 Big Ideas last year. For one week three times during the year, there are themes where learners self-direct their learning.

 

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Learner-centered Education in Maine: "Unpacking the standards"

Learner-Centered education is happening at Williams Elementary School, Oakland, Maine! 

 

"I think the energy and the excitement they have about the choice in their learning is motivational to them. They can see what the standards are, but then they understand that they have an element of choice in how they're going to demonstrate their learning."


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, February 26, 2013 2:25 PM

Valerie Glueck and Shelley Moody, 4th grade teachers at at Williams Elementary School in Oakland, Maine explain how they unpack the standards with their learners and how learners monitor their own progress. Here is pointed comment that tells a story about how these learners have ownership to their learning:


"But it's so neat when after a couple of days of unpacking the learning targets, we say, "Ok, so what are we working on?" And hands go up, "Oh, I know exactly what we're working on. We're adding and subtracting fractions with like demoninators today, Mrs. Glueck." "Yes, that's great. And how are you going to show me that you're proficient"?" and, generally, they can articulate that."


Thank you Valerie and Shelley for sharing your learner-centered experiences!

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Owning Their Own Reading: Learner-Centered Literacy

The staff of Elm Street School (RSU 16) come together to use 'Café' and 'Daily Five' protocols to increase student ownership and engagement in learning to read.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, June 18, 2013 10:55 AM

Discover how learners take ownership of their learning in reading and what the outcomes were for teachers and learners. This is an excellent example of a personalized learner-centered environment where learners self-direct and monitor their learning.

 

Thank you to the learners and teachers of RSU 16 in Maine for sharing this story!

 

 

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Learners Assessing their Own Work

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Sarah Downing-Ford is a 7th grade middle school teacher in Maine who shares how her learners unpack standards and assess their own work.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, March 11, 2013 4:11 PM

Sarah share the lessons that she has learned in creating a learner-centered environment where her learners assess their own work and the work of their peers. Here is the question we asked and her response of what she called her "Top Ten".

 

What have you learned and what changes have you made from your initial steps?

 

"I have learned a lot in the past four years. Here is a top ten of what I have learned:

10. Don’t underestimate the abilities/flexibility of students.
9.  Never assume the abilities/flexibility of students.
8.  Share struggles, successes, questions with colleagues and students.
7.  Don’t scrap the old stuff; as long as it meets a target, it is worthy.
6.  Communicate with parents and students a lot, you can not communicate too much.
5.  Find ways to create a bridge between the old system and the new system.
4.  Stay organized.
3.  Work with your team of teachers to create interdisciplinary units.
2.  Nothing works as a canned program, modify as needed.
1.  Have fun!"

Gloria Inostroza De Celis's curator insight, March 21, 2013 10:36 AM

 

 Buenas ideas.

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Shelley Wright on Ownership as Framework for Learning

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Shelley Wright, High School teacher and Consultant in Canada, shares the process on how learners can own their learning.

 

"As my students worked with me to invent our own version of student-centred learning, we realized that the three questions every student in our classroom had to answer were: What are you going to learn? How are you going to learn it? How are you going to show me your learning? This became our mantra — our framework for learning.  This is what it means to give students control over their education.”


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, January 27, 2013 6:31 PM

Shelley shared with us how she and her students have changed since she changed her teacher role and let go so her students took responsibility for their learning. Giving ownership of learning back to the learner became her focus when creating learner-centered personalized learning environments. Discover how she saw her role changing in this thought provoking blog.