What if…..?
…..our curriculum topics were centered around a big problem that
needed to be solved through collaboration and...
Learner Centeredness does not just take place in Kindergarten Classes;
It is mindset as to how we approach teaching and le...
ANOTHER
TYPICAL
DAY OF
LEARNING
CALVIN???
Retrieved from “What did you
do in school today?”, Canadian
Education Association, 2009
Grade 9 -12 students

What happens...
What could RDC do to increase student satisfaction?
•Develop a learning-centered ethos
•Focus on engaged learning
•Focus o...
Today’s Targets:
Moving from the shallow end to the
deep end of the learning pool

1. I will seek to understand what it me...
The Learner
is the Center

How will you design
“TEAMS and SIDES”
into your curriculum?

How will you give your
students a ...
A few “personal” caveats about
“learner-centeredness”
 It is not about lowering expectations for students
 It is not abo...
Curriculum in the

st
21

Century

What’s
up?

“What is old becomes new again”
Instructional Design in the 21st Century:
W...
Symbols, Models and Frameworks
of learning and education
 Compare and Contrast
 Finish the sentence:

Colleges/Universit...
Which song are you singing?
An Old and Familiar Tune
Or a A New Song

Is it time to change our tune? If so, why?
Learner-C...
History of Canadian Education
What does the picture tell you?
The Life and Times of
Canadian Education
The 20th Century
Curriculum

The 21st Century
Curriculum

Compare and Contrast
Curriculum in the
Language
Arts

th
20

Mathematics

Music

Social
Studies
Art
Science
Phys-ed and
Health

The Old Model

...
Curriculum in the
Collaboration
and Leadership

st
21

Critical Thinking,
Problem Solving
and Decision
Making

Lifelong Le...
3Rs x 7Cs = 21st Century Skills

Critical Thinking
Creativity and Innovation
Collaboration/Teamwork and Leadership
Cross-C...
Curriculum:
The Future, You and Your Students
 What kind of curriculum experience will






you design?
Will your c...
Powerful learning is learning
that lasts a lifetime.
What do you remember about
your education?

Me – in grade 2
Me – in grade 4
Me – in grade 6
The Engaged Learner…
Drawing Exercise:
Draw a time when you were highly engaged as a learner, and still
remember to this d...
“’At risk’ students are those who leave school before or after
graduation with little possibility of continuing learning”
...
TEAMS:
Together Everyone Achieves More Success
Tate

S
I
D
E
S

Marzano
Bennett

Strategic
Instructional
Design to
Engage
Students

FLOW
=
Engagement

Silver
20 Instructional Strategies To Engage the Learner
Graphic Organizers
Writing and Reflection
Brainstorming
Field Trips
...
F
L
O
W
Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, Flow: The Optimal Experience
Project-based Learning
Problem-based Learning
Self-directed Learning

Inquiry Learning
Service Learning
Differentiated Lea...
Constructivism requires us to give up control and
share it with the students
A “Better”Model
Instructor

Student

Student
Instructor

New Model
Turn and Talk for Two
 What is role of my students? What is my role as an








instructor?
Which instructional s...
Are we instructors?
 Determining the learning destination
 Creating questions that foster inquiry

 Designing units, ba...
We Swim Together, or We Sink Together
“
JUMP IN – The water’s fine, and so is the learning
Resources:
 21st Century Skills by Bernie Trilling & Charles Fader
 Better Learning Through Structured Teaching by Dougl...
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  1. 1. What if…..? …..our curriculum topics were centered around a big problem that needed to be solved through collaboration and inquiry? …..we replaced subject disciplines with “problems/themes/issues”? ….we assessed students based on projects that they created vs. tests created by others? ……we had more student learning take place outside of the school classroom (e.g. workplace, online)? ….our students created their own evidence of learning that was used to make a difference in the real world?
  2. 2. Learner Centeredness does not just take place in Kindergarten Classes; It is mindset as to how we approach teaching and learning for ALL LEARNERS
  3. 3. ANOTHER TYPICAL DAY OF LEARNING CALVIN???
  4. 4. Retrieved from “What did you do in school today?”, Canadian Education Association, 2009 Grade 9 -12 students What happens here? What happens here?
  5. 5. What could RDC do to increase student satisfaction? •Develop a learning-centered ethos •Focus on engaged learning •Focus on developing a sense of community
  6. 6. Today’s Targets: Moving from the shallow end to the deep end of the learning pool 1. I will seek to understand what it means to be a “learner-centered” instructor 2. I will examine the best instructional design decisions to engage learners 3. I will determine what learner-centered is in my role as instructor, and what it is not
  7. 7. The Learner is the Center How will you design “TEAMS and SIDES” into your curriculum? How will you give your students a VOICE in their learning? What ideas do you have to build/assess 21ST CENTURY SKILLS in your curriculum?
  8. 8. A few “personal” caveats about “learner-centeredness”  It is not about lowering expectations for students  It is not about eliminating all learning tasks that students dislike doing (e.g. exams)  It is not about less accountability for students  It is not about being accessible to students 24/7  It is not “necessarily” about the instructor working harder than the student …..but it is about being responsive to the learners’ needs, involving them in course/classroom decisions, using researchproven practices to design powerful learning experiences, and making decisions that are made in the bests interests of our students.
  9. 9. Curriculum in the st 21 Century What’s up? “What is old becomes new again” Instructional Design in the 21st Century: What would John Dewey think?
  10. 10. Symbols, Models and Frameworks of learning and education  Compare and Contrast  Finish the sentence: Colleges/Universities/Schools are like _______________________ because ________________________________________________ Learning is like _______________________because ___________ _______________________________________________________ A symbol of learning/education today is ____________________ because________________________________________________ How would our students complete this exercise?
  11. 11. Which song are you singing? An Old and Familiar Tune Or a A New Song Is it time to change our tune? If so, why? Learner-Centered education is NOT a new concept
  12. 12. History of Canadian Education What does the picture tell you?
  13. 13. The Life and Times of Canadian Education
  14. 14. The 20th Century Curriculum The 21st Century Curriculum Compare and Contrast
  15. 15. Curriculum in the Language Arts th 20 Mathematics Music Social Studies Art Science Phys-ed and Health The Old Model Century
  16. 16. Curriculum in the Collaboration and Leadership st 21 Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making Lifelong Learning, Personal Management and Well-Being Creativity and Innovation Digital and Technological Fluency Communication Social, Cultural, Global and Environmental Responsibility The New Model Century
  17. 17. 3Rs x 7Cs = 21st Century Skills Critical Thinking Creativity and Innovation Collaboration/Teamwork and Leadership Cross-Cultural Understanding Communication/Media Literacy Computing/Digital Literacy Career and Learning Self-Reliance **(Trilling & Fadel, 21st Century Skills)
  18. 18. Curriculum: The Future, You and Your Students  What kind of curriculum experience will      you design? Will your curriculum address the issues, problems and critical themes of today? Will your curriculum plan inspire, motivate, and engage students? Will your curriculum allow for collaboration? Will your curriculum meet the needs of the 21st century learner? Will your curriculum demonstrate creativity and innovation in teaching and learning? What is engaged learning? Not sure? Just ask the students?
  19. 19. Powerful learning is learning that lasts a lifetime. What do you remember about your education? Me – in grade 2
  20. 20. Me – in grade 4
  21. 21. Me – in grade 6
  22. 22. The Engaged Learner… Drawing Exercise: Draw a time when you were highly engaged as a learner, and still remember to this day. What did it look like? What did it sound like?
  23. 23. “’At risk’ students are those who leave school before or after graduation with little possibility of continuing learning” ***Roland Barth
  24. 24. TEAMS: Together Everyone Achieves More Success
  25. 25. Tate S I D E S Marzano Bennett Strategic Instructional Design to Engage Students FLOW = Engagement Silver
  26. 26. 20 Instructional Strategies To Engage the Learner Graphic Organizers Writing and Reflection Brainstorming Field Trips Debates Visuals Movement Humor and Celebration Music, Rhythm, Rhyme & Rap Cooperative Learning Problem Based Learning Role play/Drama/Charades Summarizing and Note-making Technology Visualization Games Storytelling Manipulatives/Models Mnemonic Devices Drawing and Artwork By Marcia Tate
  27. 27. F L O W Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, Flow: The Optimal Experience
  28. 28. Project-based Learning Problem-based Learning Self-directed Learning Inquiry Learning Service Learning Differentiated Learning
  29. 29. Constructivism requires us to give up control and share it with the students
  30. 30. A “Better”Model Instructor Student Student Instructor New Model
  31. 31. Turn and Talk for Two  What is role of my students? What is my role as an       instructor? Which instructional strategies will help my students direct/control their own meanings and their own learning? How will I assess this “constructed learning” (tests, projects, service learning, presentations, final exams) How else can I give control/ownership to students in my courses? How can I empower them? How can I capture their voice? What are the challenges in giving up control? How am I a “Learner-Centered” Instructor? How am I NOT a “Learner-Centered” Instructor?
  32. 32. Are we instructors?  Determining the learning destination  Creating questions that foster inquiry  Designing units, backwards  Determining assessment evidence  Recognizing the benefits of performance criteria or are we designers? Architects of instruction? Facilitators of learning?
  33. 33. We Swim Together, or We Sink Together “ JUMP IN – The water’s fine, and so is the learning
  34. 34. Resources:  21st Century Skills by Bernie Trilling & Charles Fader  Better Learning Through Structured Teaching by Douglas      Fisher & Nancy Frey Beyond Monet by Barrie Bennett & Carol Rolheiser Classroom Instruction That Works by Robert Marzano, Debra Pickering, and Jane Pollock Never Work Harder Than Your Students by Robyn Jackson Sit and Get Won’t Grow Dendrites: Professional Learning Strategies to Engage the Adult Brain by Marcia Tate The Strategic Teacher by Harvey Silver, Richard Strong, & Matthew Perini
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