Student-centered Learning Powered by Technology. Perhaps the most challenging aspect of teaching is effectively reaching all learners.
With 20, 30 or even 40 students in their classrooms, elementary teachers have the daunting task of meeting every student right where they are, supporting progress toward grade-level standards and cultivating the development of the whole child. On a daily basis, teachers make student-centric decisions by providing remediation, grade-level work or enrichment as appropriate. But this requires significant amounts of time, resources, data and content-area expertise. So when a fourth grade student doesn’t understand second grade mathematics, teachers rarely have the time or opportunity to revisit foundational number concepts with her.
And with education funding cuts, the school may not have staffing resources to work with this student outside of class. Despite the challenges, dedicated teachers design and implement student-centered lessons to gain insight into what each child knows and understands. 6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students. What's the opposite of scaffolding a lesson?
It would be saying to students something like, "Read this nine-page science article, write a detailed essay on the topic it explores, and turn it in by Wednesday. " Yikes -- no safety net, no parachute, no scaffolding -- just left blowing in the wind. Let's start by agreeing that scaffolding a lesson and differentiating instruction are two different things. Scaffolding is breaking up the learning into chunks and then providing a tool, or structure, with each chunk. When scaffolding reading, for example, you might preview the text and discuss key vocabulary, or chunk the text and read and discuss as you go.
Simply put, scaffolding is what you do first with kids, then for those students who are still struggling, you may need to differentiate by modifying an assignment and/or making accommodations for a student (for example, choose more accessible text and/or assign an alternative project). 1. 2. Teaching Strategies. Student-Centered Learning Environments: How and Why. Editor's Note: Paul Bogdan was once an old-fashioned lecturing teacher centered secondary math teacher who left teaching for 14 years to build computer systems.
He has come back and is reborn as a student-centered teacher trying to make a difference and trying to figure out what works in today's classroom. (Updated 01/2014) Education in our middle schools and high schools these days is rapidly changing. The old notion of a classroom where the students are sitting quietly and neatly in their seats, while the teacher is up front pouring pearls of wisdom and knowledge into their brains is absurd.
Reality in the 21st century is quite a different story. Unfortunately, not all problems have easy solutions. The good news, however, is that not all students are so unaware. Are teachers obsolete? Do-it-yourself, student-to-student teaching, project-based learning, and student-centered learning environments are some of the more encouraging programs. Do It Yourself (DIY) Practical Tips for Designing a Student-Centered Lesson Plan. Scaffolding. Lindsay Lipscomb, Janet Swanson, and Anne West The University of Georgia Review of Scaffolding Scenario Figure 1.
Barn and Silos Third grade students in Mrs. Figure 2. As a culminating activity for this study on types of communities, the students are going to prepare some type of individually selected project demonstrating their knowledge of urban, suburban and rural communities. Patrick, the computer whiz of the class, decides to prepare a PowerPoint presentation which will incorporate digital pictures taken on the field trip and of the rural areas surrounding the school community.
Figure 3. Mrs. Later, when another student, Melissa, needs assistance with inserting a picture to a PowerPoint slide, Mrs. Through her support and facilitation, Mrs. Caption: In this animation, each box represents scaffolding provided by the teacher, and with each activity the level of learning goes up. What is Scaffolding? The term ‘scaffolding’ comes from the works of Wood, Bruner and Ross (1976).
Business Mr. 5 Ways to Make Your Classroom Student-Centered. The power of student-driven learning: Shelley Wright at TEDxWestVancouverED. From the Teacher-Directed to the Student-Centered classroom.