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The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
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The Learner is the Center
The Learner is the Center
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The Learner is the Center
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  • 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. 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. ANOTHER TYPICAL DAY OF LEARNING CALVIN???
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. History of Canadian Education What does the picture tell you?
  • 13. The Life and Times of Canadian Education
  • 14. The 20th Century Curriculum The 21st Century Curriculum Compare and Contrast
  • 15. Curriculum in the Language Arts th 20 Mathematics Music Social Studies Art Science Phys-ed and Health The Old Model Century
  • 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. 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. 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. Powerful learning is learning that lasts a lifetime. What do you remember about your education? Me – in grade 2
  • 20. Me – in grade 4
  • 21. Me – in grade 6
  • 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. “’At risk’ students are those who leave school before or after graduation with little possibility of continuing learning” ***Roland Barth
  • 24. TEAMS: Together Everyone Achieves More Success
  • 25. Tate S I D E S Marzano Bennett Strategic Instructional Design to Engage Students FLOW = Engagement Silver
  • 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. F L O W Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, Flow: The Optimal Experience
  • 28. Project-based Learning Problem-based Learning Self-directed Learning Inquiry Learning Service Learning Differentiated Learning
  • 29. Constructivism requires us to give up control and share it with the students
  • 30. A “Better”Model Instructor Student Student Instructor New Model
  • 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. 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. We Swim Together, or We Sink Together “ JUMP IN – The water’s fine, and so is the learning
  • 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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