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Student Centered Learning. Becky Lutz. What is Student Centered Learning?. Approaches to Student Centered Learning. Collaborative learning Inquiry-based learning Problem-based learning Team based learning. Benefits of Student Centered Learning. Personal Efficacy. Knowledge retention. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Student Centered Learning Becky Lutz

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  • Slide I: What is Student Centered Learning?Slide II: Approaches to SCLSlide III: Benefits of SCLSlide IV: Challenges of SCLSlide V: Using technology in SCLSlide VI: How technology can improve SCLSlide VII: Transitioning to SCL


  • What is Student Centered Learning?

  • Collaborative learningInquiry-based learningProblem-based learningTeam based learningApproaches to Student Centered Learning

  • Benefits of Student Centered Learning

  • Challenges of Student Centered Learning

  • Technology and SCL

  • Benefits of Integrating Technology

  • Transitioning: Teacher Centered to Student Centered

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  • Student/teacher conference with computer: work: other images were obtained through Microsoft clipart



    *Script: The goal of student centered learning is to move away from teacher driven instruction and more towards student guided instruction. Students are involved in determining the content, direction and pace of their learning, while the teacher takes on the role of a facilitator, monitoring progress, providing suggestions and assessing learning along the way. *Script: Student centered learning can be approached in numerous ways and can go by a number of names including collaborative learning, inquiry-based or inquiry-guided learning, problem or project based learning and cooperative or team based learning. As many of these names imply, student centered learning lends itself well to small group tasks or projects where students work together to take on various roles in solving problems. These strategies allow teachers to successfully integrate more real-life application into their content than they could with direct, teacher centered instruction. Along with content, students also develop many additional skills including their ability to work with others in problem solving settings as well as managing larger projects over time. *Script: There are many benefits to student centered learning. Through their work students develop personal efficacy through their successes, but also learn from their experiences when they struggle. There is a definite increase in responsibility for individual student learning, from determining what approaches they will take to the problem or content to how they will share their final understanding. When teachers allow students to choose their own paths they are providing more meaningful learning opportunities, not only in content but in the real life skills that leads them to the understanding of this content. And because students are so vested in this type of learning there is an increased degree of retention of material.*Image source: Group work:

    Script: One of the greatest challenges for teachers transitioning to student centered learning is giving up some of the control to their students. This often times leads to concerns with classroom management. However, because students are more directly involved in the decision making process, they are often times more engaged in the learning and therefore classroom management is less of an issue before. Managing mixed ability groups is another concern for teachers. By allowing students to work together and take on various roles within the group, they can each be a contributing factor in one way or another. *Image source: Student/teacher conference with computer:

    Script: In todays classroom, technology and student centered learning can truly go hand in hand. Technology allows students to delve deeper into the research of a topic than they ever could before through online databases and the availability of primary sources as well as programs like Google Earth. Technology also allows students in a group to simultaneously work on the development of projects from their individual computers through formats like Googledocs and wikis. Teachers can provide guidance and feedback to the group as well as well as monitor the progress and contributions of each individual member of the group. *Script: By integrating technology into student centered learning you are further encouraging a more active, involved learning with our Net Generation students. In a society where much of our products are created with the help of technology, the use of it in student centered learning can help to create more authentic, real-life projects and assessments. Furthermore, integrating technology helps to encourage the development of 21st century skills including communication and collaboration with peers. *Script: Many teachers are in agreement that there are many benefits to student centered learning, but still dont know how to make the transition from teacher to student centered instruction. Transitioning in stages will alleviate much of the stress associated with the change, easing both teachers and students into the different style of instruction. Starting with informal cooperative experiences like think, pair, share helps students to get comfortable sharing their ideas with others. Bookend lectures, which incorporate some direct instruction at the beginning and end of a lesson but involve more student guided instruction in the middle would be the next logical step before heading into full fledged problem based learning. By taking these steps and integrating technology teachers can better help students to develop an understanding of content and real-life skills that will make them successful in the future. **Instructions: List any websites or resources that you would like to share with your viewers