Ideas to create a goal oriented learner-centered classroom:o "Let the book do the talking."o Widen the audienceo Flip your classroomo Differentiate instructiono Have the students get up and moveo Give the students jobs/rolesFact: You CAN set goals.
Teachers shouldnever lecture;direct instructionis not important.
Fact: Sometimes a small lecture is the rightchoice.Other methods to consider:o Conceptual workshopso Experiential learningo Independent studyo Interactive instructionVariety is key.
Start withone lesson......add at least oneexperiential component.
o Think/Pair/Shareo Jigsawo KWL (Know, Wonder, Learned) chartso Peer feedbacko Concept Mappingo Generating Exampleso Students move/act as models for some concepto Decision exercises - get off the line, post-its, etc.o Exit slipSome activities only take 2-3 minutes.
Actions for the classroom:• Create a project, movie, comic• Compose a story• Compile a collection• Draw a diagram• Build a model• Act out - become human modelsFocus on what the kids are doing.
Examples of technology you can use to design alearner-centered classroom:o Google Docs for collaborationo VoiceThreado Blogso Video recording equipment/YouTubeo Glogstero MindmappingIntegrating technology can help.
Summary:Five Ways to Make YourClassroom Learner-Centered
Challenge activity: think ofone upcoming lesson.How will you make it alearner-centered experience?
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