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4 principles of Student-Centered Learning

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In our view, student-centered learning is a process of learning that puts the needs of the students over the conveniences of planning, policy, and procedure.

 

Like any phrase, “student-centered learning” is subjective and flexible–and only useful insofar as it ultimately supports the design of learning experiences for students. For example, arguing for a “student-centered approach” to creating curriculum frameworks that center the authentic knowledge needs of each student makes sense, while creating a “student-centered” classroom that gives students little choice in content, voice in product, or a human necessity for creative expression does not. Student-centeredness uses an actual person as an audience, and designs learning experiences backwards from that point.

 

With that in mind, here are 4 principles of student-centered learning to consider as you design curriculum and instruction.

 


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 17, 2014 7:32 PM

The graphic includes a lot about the teacher. Perhaps we should consider a teacher-centred classroom which allows student-centred learning to occur?

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Many people believe myths about how the brain works

Many people believe myths about how the brain works | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Even many professional educators and people with neuroscience training hold popular misconceptions. In a recent study, researchers found that the general public believed 68 percent of brain research misconceptions, many of which relate to education and learning.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 20, 1:42 AM

This is an interesting introduction. You can read the full report at: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01314/full

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Ending the Reading Wars: Big New Study On Reading Instruction

Ending the Reading Wars: Big New Study On Reading Instruction | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Ending the Reading Wars: Reading Acquisition From Novice to Expert is a huge new study that has a lot to offer – plus, it’s not behind a paywall.
It makes some good points:
* It reinforces what others have suggested – that the important point for effective phonics instruction is not which system is used, but that some kind of system is used.
* Unlike most studies like this, it actually has section highlighting why and how student motivation is an important part of any instructional strategy.
* It supports much of what the National Reading Panel recommends.
It also has some misses, including:
* It offers a not particularly nuanced or accurate description of the so-called “reading wars” (see The Best Resources For Learning About Balanced Literacy & The “Reading Wars”).
* It fixates on the centrality of phonics instruction and is clueless about why many teachers are not supporters: Because so much of the scripted phonics curriculum out there is absolutely terrible and not engaging! But there are good ways to do it (see The Best Articles & Sites For Teachers & Students To Learn About Phonics).  The study’s authors obviously would have benefited by talking to K-12 teachers (or, if they did, to more of them).

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A Community of Readers in Middle School

A Community of Readers in Middle School | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
After using whole-class novels that failed to engage students, a teacher finds the benefits of letting them choose what to read.
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'Never overlook the importance of reading aloud to your class' 

When you read aloud as a secondary teacher, to a classroom full of teenagers, think hard and carefully about who wrote it and why. This doesn’t just apply to great fiction or poetry, although that is undoubtedly where it’s most obviously an issue for your listeners. It’s every bit as important if you’re reading them an extract from the driest academic work on economics or physics because what matters is that you abdicate yourself, your voice, in favour of the author and theirs.

You can see why this distinction throws such a revealing light on that primary-secondary split. In those early years, when everything is about trying to encourage small children to read and to love reading, a skillful, entertaining dramatic performance of a story can transform a child’s attitude towards reading and books. But in the secondary school, where teenagers are being taught to think for themselves, what they need when you read aloud is for you to be as faithful an

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Leonardo da Vinci: How to See the World Like Nobody Else

For a child born out of wedlock in the 15th century, that’s quite an accomplishment. And yet, many would argue that this isn’t even close to being his greatest contribution to humanity. When the word…
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Access + Choice + Expert Teacher = Equity

Access + Choice + Expert Teacher = Equity | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
by Lynn Newmyer Last week a few of my former students were peering into my partially open classroom door. They watched as I unloaded a box of new books onto already overstocked shelves and excitedly…
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Are We Asking Too Much Of Our Schools?

Are We Asking Too Much Of Our Schools? | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Schools seem to be in a no-win situation. Despite all the good that they do when it comes to student learning and mental health issues that students suffer from, the negative rhetoric around school continues. It wasn't too many weeks ago when the Secretary of Education sent out a Tweet that attacked the public-school system (which really needs to stop). 

Here we are 17 years after NCLB (what has NCLB and mandates really helped?), and we still seem to have the same issues that we have always had. As hard as schools have been working to adapt to the sweeping changes in accountability and mandates or the constant stress of high stakes testing, they are still deemed unsatisfactory by politicians, policymakers and our various secretaries of education. 

Our school system seems to be based on a political cycle and not a pedagogical one. 

There is this constant need to ask or demand that schools change, which usually focuses on high stakes testing and international benchmarks like PISA. Unfortunately, when international comparisons on testing do not show expected improvement (PISA scores), schools are blamed for not being good enough. This cycle of negative rhetoric thrown at schools has undermined public education. And we need not look any further than teacher strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky or student walk outs around the country to see that schools are at the center of a boiling point.  

Are asking too much of our schools?  

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How to Use Oral Presentations to Help English Language Learners Succeed 

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Speaking in front of an audience in a positive and safe classroom environment can help English Language Learners practice and learn. Veteran educators shar

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How to Design Your Digital Citizenship Curriculum - EdTech

How to Design Your Digital Citizenship Curriculum - EdTech | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
As technology becomes more prevalent in the lives of students, educators must evolve their digital citizenship curriculum. Learn why incorporating digital literacy, cyber hygiene, and cyber civility into classrooms are changing.
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“It doesn’t matter what they (students) read, just that they read.” Poppycock! - Tim Shanahan

No one has argued more strenuously than me for devoting scads of time to reading and writing instruction. But even I agree that content knowledge is important in reading and that time is needed to develop such knowledge. Unfortunately, time for reading instruction all too often comes at the expense of content learning.

What can be done to turn this around? Here are 10 suggestions. I wonder which ones will be most controversial in your schools.

 1.     Make sure reading texts present high-quality content (including excellent literature, as well as informational texts that explore our natural and social worlds).

It is often asserted that, “It doesn’t matter what they read, just that they read.”

Poppycock!

As a student, father, grandparent, citizen, scientist, member of the human race… I couldn’t disagree more. It’s like claiming that, “It doesn’t matter what they eat, just that they eat.”  

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Aligning Spaces, Strategies, and Assessments For a Powerful Student Voice

Aligning Spaces, Strategies, and Assessments For a Powerful Student Voice | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
There are three main areas of teaching that need to align in order for students to feel empowered to discover and share their voices: learning spaces, teaching strategies, and assessments.
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NAEP: Urban School Districts Improving Faster Than the Nation - Inside School Research - Education Week

NAEP: Urban School Districts Improving Faster Than the Nation - Inside School Research - Education Week | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
The Trial Urban District Assessment of the Nation's Report Card expanded for 2017, by adding both new districts and a measure of all large school districts. While relatively few districts saw significant gains over 2015, urban districts as a whole seem to be gaining faster than the national average.
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Microsoft buys Flipgrid. Now Free for Educational Use

Microsoft buys Flipgrid. Now Free for Educational Use | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
The video discussion platform Flipgrid, has been bought by Microsoft, who immediately announced that the tool will now be free to all educators.

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Michigan school board Dems: We will block conservative social studies changes | Bridge Magazine

Michigan school board Dems: We will block conservative social studies changes | Bridge Magazine | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
References to gay rights, Roe v. Wade and climate change have been stripped from state K-12 social studies standards. Democrats on the state school board have the votes to block the changes, and vow to do so
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Critical Thinking for Educators

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"Pick any article from the newspaper," I would say to my students. "Bring it in and we'll analyze it." This was one of my favourite

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Curiosity is key to early childhood success in math and reading

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Curious children are better able to grasp basic math and reading, according to a new study investigating a possible link between curiosity and early academic success among young children.
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Daniel Goleman on What it Takes to Reach Genius Level Excellence

Psychological research has pointed to “grit” as a better predictor of success than IQ. But there is more. Grit is a combination of passion and perseverance, a belief that failure can be overcome…
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'I Am Scared to Walk Into a Classroom': A Preservice Teacher on School Violence - Education Week Teacher

'I Am Scared to Walk Into a Classroom': A Preservice Teacher on School Violence - Education Week Teacher | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
In light of recent school shootings, elementary education student Rachel Badura says she’s worried about taking a job that puts her life at risk.
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Are Special Education Students Being Written Off?

Are Special Education Students Being Written Off? | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
There are some GenEd teachers who have an incredible ability to change their lessons to meet SpEd students where they are, while also maintaining the passion for truly reaching out to those students.

Others, however, know that SpEd students already have a network of support from their special education teachers so they don’t give them much time or attention. In fact, I’ve noticed that, often times, there’s not much of a purpose whatsoever for SpEd students to spend time in the GenEd setting, other than for interaction.

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Does a lack of executive function explain why some kids fall way behind in school?

Does a lack of executive function explain why some kids fall way behind in school? | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Executive function — a sort of air traffic controller of the brain — has been one of the hottest topics in education circles over the past 15 years. Yet experts disagree over what it is exactly, to what extent it really causes academic problems and whether anything can be done to improve one’s executive functioning. Even today, …
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Michigan's Literacy Crisis is a Public Health Crisis

Michigan's Literacy Crisis is a Public Health Crisis | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Who suffers when our literacy rates are low? In this blog post by Tamara Bashore-Berg, we dive into the startling reality of Michigan’s literacy crisis and explore Dr. Nell Duke's argument that this issue is, at its heart, a public health crisis.
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Elementary Teaching Practices - Deep Learning at the OCSB - Sarah Milito and Luke Coates @roselimaSt 

Sarah Milito and Luke Coates of St. Rose of Lima

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PBL with a Purpose

Using project-based learning in support of clear curriculum goals leads to deeper learning and engagement for these school systems.
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Report: Even the Mere Presence of a Smartphone Makes You Dumber

A joint research project at several universities found that the "persistent presence" of smartphones comes at a "cognitive cost." Researchers in the schools of management at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California, San Diego as well as the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon ran two experiments to attempt to measure how well people finish tasks when their smartphones are nearby — even if the phones aren't in use.
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