Student-centered problem-based learning supports the common cores standards which in turn supports student-centered learning. Every week our staff explores new ways to incorporate more student-centered learning. Students can learn to be self-motivated and deep thinkers in a student-centered classroom. So how difficult is it for teachers to share control? Can they give more power to students to support their active learning? Some staff members can't imagine giving up their control, while other are very open and willing to the idea. So how do we get everyone on board?
Throughout many trainings and meetings on the common core standards, it is clear that they require deep thinking, collaboration and real world problems. Having a student-centered classroom can support what the common core is. Students should be allowed to teach one another, learn from each other and gain insights and strategies from their peers.
Jumping into a student-centered classroom can seem overwhelming and down right impossible. What we as a staff have decided is to tackle one subject at a time. Most teachers now have an active learning setting for science and mathematics. We have seen an increase in student learning within these subjects and students are creating better projects within these subjects. Can we self-organize even more to incorporate all subjects? Will it make students want to be at school more?
Student-centered learning is a powerful and effective way to hold students accountable for their learning and it fosters a deeper collaboration between classmates. Students use real world problems to dive deeper into the subjects being taught. More and more of our teachers are becoming enthusiastic about active learning. Although giving up control can be difficult, it can also be a wonderful effective way to teach students and for students to learn what it means to be self-motivated and work in a team to reach a common goal.
This post was created by a member of Edutopia's community. If you have your own #eduawesome tips, strategies, and ideas for improving education, share them with us.