Here are my thoughts on my student-centered learning article titled the “10 ways to get student-centered learning right”.
When I read this article, I was reminded of a “spark” – an idea – of a student-focused education program that I had the privilege of being part of. I would love to implement it here in Winnipeg, and perhaps even at the College.
Years ago, I created Conservation School at a nature preserve that I worked at in Calgary. It was modeled after the Campus Calgary Open Minds program, and involved making a community site “home” to a classroom of students (public elementary and secondary schools) for a full week. When I was working to develop this, now 10 years ago, the entire program started with 4 sites in Calgary and has now grown to 15 there, and more across the globe.
I think we were on the right track!
The article reminded me – that we have a struggling education system, but there are programs that work and we should draw from them to make a change.
Here are the top“10 ways to get student-centered learning right”.
- Turn teachers into facilitators and coaches
- Push students to apply their knowledge
- Give teachers the resources and support they need
- Establish rules ( boundaries)
- Change the feedback process
- Get the families on board
- Offer extended learning opportunities
- Re-define the metrics of success
- Divide the principalship (change the leadership structure)
My favorite excerpts from the article:
Say no the bank – “Paulo Freire’s famous critique of the “Banking Model of Education” — the model in which knowledge is a resource that students passively withdraw from the bank (teacher) without active engagement…”
Keep it simple stupid – “Student-centered approaches can mean many different things, as long as they employ that essential pivot from teacher to student-lead learning.”
Just start somewhere!