The Maker-Inspired Elementary Classroom. Have you heard about the Maker Movement?
It’s a new approach to the classroom calling for student creativity through hands-on projects. Encouraging a constant “tinkering” mentality, the Maker Movement allows students a reprieve from standardized testing as they create, invent and learn together. New technology, such as 3D printers, robotics, wearable computing, and “smart” materials is allowing every teacher to incorporate Maker-inspired spaces into the classroom! Students as innovators… – What Ed Said. Guest post by Claire, one of our Grade 5 teachers, discovering the power of letting go.
The headings are my commentary… Opportunities for creativity and innovation… Over the last week, my team of Year 5 teachers, together with Edna, have been planning a unit of inquiry into energy. We had already established the rubric for conceptual understandings that was to guide our inquiry but were looking for ways to allow for more creativity. Student Centered Educators – globally minded counselor. As an educator, every action taken, every decision made, every choice being weighed should be in a student’s best interest.
By always keeping students at the center, an educator is most likely to create a purposeful, meaningful, and authentic learning environment that serves all students — not just a handful. Over the years, I have noticed a variety of practices that clearly indicate an educator is making decisions to promote student centered teaching and learning. Here are a few of my anecdotal observations of student centered practices: 1. Edutopia. During the summer, you'll want to improve your teaching and lessons, but how do you decide where to start?
Your students! I use these three ways to get feedback from my students on my lessons, activities, and what I can do to improve next year. Provocations. Inquiry-Based Learning. Transformation. Assessing their own work: Students as active participants. 10 Expectations. 15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching. 15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching by Terry Heick 15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching–And 15 That Are Not So Much.
Student-Centered Learning: It Starts With the Teacher. Have you ever attended a conference session and seen groups of teachers leave in the middle?
It's painful to watch, yet completely understandable. Often, they leave because the session was not what they expected. Let's be honest: when teachers and/or administrators attend learning experiences, what is the one non-negotiable expectation -- without which the session is deemed a failure? What place does student voice have in planning? As the children prepare for learning conferences, I started off the process not by asking them on what they learned but which unit they felt they gained the most from and which unit they felt needed improvement.
The children were thrilled to give feedback. More importantly, it was an opportunity for me to demonstrate the qualities I wish to see in my learners: reflection, initiative and the ability to take on feedback. At this point in the year we have completed three units of inquiry: Human exploration results in new discoveries.Energy is used (converted, transformed and controlled) to support human progress.Fashion expresses our views and beliefs. Planning in response to learning… – What Ed Said. I borrowed a bit from a post I wrote last week at Inquire Within, but this one’s different… It’s a joy to visit the kindergarten room, where the 4 year olds have been inquiring into the needs of all kinds of living things.
Debbie talks me excitedly through the purposeful displays in the room and I’m amazed by the depth of the children’s wonderings from their nature walk. 5 Templates to Use for Self-Directed Learning Projects. I’ve written man article about self-directed learning over the last couple of years, and more people are inquiring about simple steps to get started.
How do you plan for students to engage in self-directed learning projects within a school or home school environment? There are several answers to that question, one focused upon how to help students cultivate the skills and mindset for self-directed learning. Student-Centered Learning: It Starts With the Teacher.