Saturday Stories: Student-Centered Learning

Your Weekend Reads in Education

For this week’s edition of Saturday Stories, we’re taking a close look at how we can center any learning environment around students, and structure learning experiences based on changing student needs. Below, you’ll find articles that break down various approaches to student-centered learning, using different tools or frameworks. Let us know how you foster a student-centered learning environment by leaving your strategies in the comments.

Three Ways to Create a Student-Centered Learning Environment Using Technology

“Perhaps the most difficult part of creating a truly student-centered learning environment is engaging all students proactively in the lesson. You’ll always have some students who light up when discussing a certain subject, but how can you consistently reach each one of them? Consider: if you want students to take ownership of their learning, it may also make sense to allow them to take ownership of their learning modality. By offering a variety and blend of print and digital learning resources, students can experiment with the best fit for their preferences and strengths. Print also offers unique opportunities for teacher-led lessons, group discussions, and shared reading experiences.”

Personalized Learning: A Student-Centered Approach for Learning Success

By Janet Pittock, Curriculum Director, and Cassondra Corbin-Thaddies, Director of Professional Learning

“What makes personalization different is that it is student-centered and provides students more opportunity for agency around their learning. In personalized learning classrooms, you can observe practices such as planning and design conferences between the student and teacher, ongoing formative assessment that authentically involves students, and student learning portfolios that gather evidence of learning.”

Student-Centered Learning in a Blended Classroom

“One of the easiest ways to let student-centered learning slip away in your blended classroom is to introduce technology in a way that fails to make learning more meaningful than it was without the technology. No matter which model you use within the blended learning approach — filliped classroom, station rotation, or whole group rotation — be purposeful in the way you use tech. Perhaps you’re using digital tools to make learning more flexible and accessible for students, by allowing them to post online or access recorded lessons from home. Or, perhaps you’re exploring real-world applications of core concepts through activities not possible without technology. In any case, student needs should be what drive design for learning and the tools you select.”