The learner is the center 2014


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The learner is the center 2014

  1. 1. It All Begins With a Song
  2. 2. F L O W Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, Flow: The Optimal Experience
  3. 3. In the Flow… 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?
  4. 4. Learner Centeredness does not just take place in Kindergarten Classes; It is a mindset as to how we approach teaching and learning for ALL LEARNERS
  5. 5. 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 about avoiding risk/failure while learning …..but it is about being responsive to the learners’ needs, involving them in course/classroom decisions, using research-proven practices to design powerful learning experiences, and making decisions that are made in the bests interests of our students.
  6. 6. 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?
  7. 7. Retrieved from “What did you do in school today?”, Canadian Education Association, 2009 Grade 9 -12 students What happens here? What happens here?
  8. 8. Inspiring Education: The Solution
  9. 9. History of Canadian Education At what times have we been most “Learner Centered”
  10. 10. Me – in grade 2
  11. 11. Me – in grade 4
  12. 12. Me – in grade 6
  13. 13. Our Students Have Changed “’At risk’ students are those who leave school before or after graduation with little possibility of continuing learning” ***Roland Barth
  14. 14. TEAMS: Together Everyone Achieves More Success
  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 21st Century The New Model Collaboration and Leadership Critical Thinking, Proble m Solving and Decision Making Lifelong Learning, Personal Management and Well-Being Creativity and Innovation Digital and Technological Fluency Communication Social, Cultural, G lobal and Environmental Responsibility
  17. 17. Project-based Learning Problem-based Learning Self-directed Learning Inquiry Learning Service Learning Differentiated Learning
  18. 18. Constructivism requires us to give up control and share it with the students. How do we do this?
  19. 19. Tate S I D E S Marzano Bennett Strategic Instructional Design to Engage Students FLOW = Engagement Silver
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. Interview Skills for Education Students 35
  22. 22. Turn and Talk for Two  What is role of my students? What is my role as an teacher?  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” teacher? How am I NOT a “Learner-Centered” teacher?
  23. 23. Are we teachers?  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?
  24. 24. 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
  25. 25. End of the Line/Buzzin’ By The Young Fellas
  26. 26. “True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.” -Nikos Kazantzakis
  27. 27. 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