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5 ways to make your classroom more student-centered

5 ways to make your classroom more student-centered | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
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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.

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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 | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Ben Kestner, Middle School Principal at St. John's International School in Belgium, shares how to personalize learning.
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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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Vicki Butler's comment, May 1, 2013 9:03 AM
These competencies remind me of Gardner's 5 Minds for the Future.
Vicki Butler's curator insight, May 1, 2013 9:04 AM

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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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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Culture Shift: When the Learner Owns the Learning

Culture Shift: When the Learner Owns the Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
It is not about learner-centered instruction; it is about the learner owning their learning.
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"When the learning starts with the learner, the learner takes responsibility for their learning. The report states that the learner owns their learning, but does not provide evidence how this happens. The teacher, data, and technology guides the learning in the model provided in the report -- not the learner."

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Audrey's comment, January 23, 2013 1:52 PM
To own your learning you must have an internal locus of control. This means that you understand how you learn and why you want to learn a topic. You actively seek to master ways to expand your learning.and do not depend on anyone. You have faith in your abilities; you are committed, confident with no belief in fate or luck.
Marcello Stoll's curator insight, January 28, 2013 2:24 AM

"When the learning starts with the learner, the learner takes responsibility for their learning. The report states that the learner owns their learning, but does not provide evidence how this happens. The teacher, data, and technology guides the learning in the model provided in the report -- not the learner."

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The Missing Piece: The Learner - Moving to a Learner-Centered Environment

The Missing Piece: The Learner - Moving to a Learner-Centered Environment | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Over the last decade conversations have been about analyzing the data to improve test scores.  The time has come to change the conversation to "The Learner" who has been the missing piece.  Once we understand the learner and how they learn, then transformation of our educational systems can begin.

 

The learner needs to be part of the daily conversations from now on:  no longer The Missing Piece.

 

Questions to consider when moving to a learner-centered environment:

 

> Who are the learners today?
> How do learners learn best?
> How do we meet the needs of the diverse learners in the classroom?
> What is the new role of the teacher?
> How is the role of the learner changing?
> Why is there a culture shift with these new roles?
> How can teachers and learners be partners in lesson design?
> How will teachers prepare to be the guide and partner in learning?
> How will learners express their understanding of what they know?
> What learning environment will be created for these learners?

 
Share your ideas in the comments section of this page.

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Charles Sampson's comment, July 17, 2012 6:00 AM
Thank you Kathleen
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The Learner Moving to a learner-centered environment

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Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning

Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

"The report, Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning, examines the support that educators and schools will require to implement genuine teaching practices that are personalized for each student. Digital learning, the report argues, can be a major strategy for enabling teachers to meet varied students’ needs while also supporting necessary cultural shifts in teaching.

 

According to the report, learner-centered instruction is personalized, rigorous, and based on college- and career-ready expectations. It is also collaborative, relevant, and flexible, with learning taking place anytime or anywhere. A true shift to a learner-centered environment powered by effective technology requires a strong school culture that embodies, encourages, and focuses on the needs of each student, the report argues. Specifically, Culture Shift maintains that the integration of technology and digital learning, school leadership, and changes in the teaching profession are critical to the transition to this new culture."

 

Download the complete report on this site!

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Why Content Matters: Defining Personalization | Barbara Bray - Rethinking Learning

Why Content Matters: Defining Personalization | Barbara Bray - Rethinking Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

"Some companies are using the term "personalized learning" when actually they are designing courses or platforms where the teacher can control who accesses particular content or quizzes based on their answers. To me that's customized and still teacher-directed. There is a difference between personalization and differentiation. One is learner-centered; the other is teacher-centered.


Teachers are confused about the term "personalized learning" because they only know how to teach they way they were taught. So when I come in and talk about student-centered learning and starting with the learner, it just doesn't happen right away. There are teachers that are posting lessons using the term "personalized learning" but have all control. I say "maybe this is the first step" to moving to student-centered learning, but it is not there yet."

 

As a curator on personalized learning, there are numerous definitions being thrown around and I want to note from my research on the subject of personalized learning that it is about the individual learner.  There is no shortcuts in understanding each learner.  Let's stop and take the time to know the learner from the perspective of their strengths, weaknesses, aptitudes and aspirations. It is paramount that the learner understand how he or she learns and then develop the skills to self-direct their learning.

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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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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

Learners Assessing their Own Work | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
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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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!"

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Shelley Wright on Ownership as Framework for Learning

Shelley Wright on Ownership as Framework for Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
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.”

Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

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.

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What does Learning Look Like?

What does Learning Look Like? | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

"A while ago, I created this poster A Tale of Two Classrooms.  It wasn't meant as a statement of Classroom B is best.  It wasn't even meant as a statement of Classroom A is awful.  It was meant as a representation of Classroom A and B."

Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Krissy Venosdale revised her Classroom A and Classroom B poster recently to represent "What does Learning Look Like". Some of these Classroom B descriptors indicate a learner-centered environment. What are some other descriptions that you would include?

 

Here are some of Krissy's thoughts behind Learning:

 

"Learning is a journey.  Our kids change. The world changes.  We change as teachers.  This morning, I made a revised version of Classroom A versus Classroom B.  As someone pointed out, it’s not a black and white issue. There is so much grey and so much individual choice.  I’m not saying A or B is better for everyone. I’m saying you’ve gotta think and really understand what you want learning to look like in your classroom."

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Stephen Gwilliam's curator insight, January 8, 2013 1:15 PM

Krissy Venosdale revised her Classroom A and Classroom B poster recently to represent "What does Learning Look Like". Some of these Classroom B descriptors indicate a learner-centered environment. What are some other descriptions that you would include?

 

Here are some of Krissy's thoughts behind Learning:

 

"Learning is a journey.  Our kids change. The world changes.  We change as teachers.  This morning, I made a revised version of Classroom A versus Classroom B.  As someone pointed out, it’s not a black and white issue. There is so much grey and so much individual choice.  I’m not saying A or B is better for everyone. I’m saying you’ve gotta think and really understand what you want learning to look like in your classroom."

Shirley Pepper's curator insight, April 23, 2013 2:21 PM

A clear visual

Pilar Castro's curator insight, May 21, 2013 8:48 AM

Es fundamental movernos de un enfoque centrado en la enseñanaza a un enfoque centrado en el aprendizaje.

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How Educators are Creating Learner-Centered Learning @ CESA #1

How Educators are Creating Learner-Centered Learning @ CESA #1 | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

"Recently released by the Alliance for Excellent Education: Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered By Digital Learning, a report that advocates a culture shift to a learner-centered classroom environment to prepare students to meet the challenges and demands of a global economy."

 

In this report talks of what educators are in need of in a learner-centered environment for their own professional learning. Professional learning opportunities for educators vary widely in quantity, type, and quality. Professional development ideally should be “a process of continuous improvement for teachers and principals that transforms practice and increases student achievement.”

 

If learner-centered learning can be realized then learner-centered professional development needs to take place.The Institute @ CESA #1 points out that they are actually implementing learner-centered professional development for educators NOW! 

 

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Stages of Personalized Learning Environments | Bray & McClaskey

Stages of Personalized Learning Environments | Bray & McClaskey | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Personalizing learning for all learners means understanding the different stages of personalized learning environments (PLE). Stage One is teacher-centered with learner voice and choice. Stage Two is when teachers co-design learning with the learners. Stage Three is when learners design and drive their own learning.
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