Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Create a Student-Centered Classroom!

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So, today was my second day back at school and I must say, I am excited that I have been able to work on my classroom. Pics will be posted soon! One interesting topic my principal discussed with us today was creating "student-centered classrooms." I was so inspired that I made this chart with qualities of a student-centered classroom:

Graphics Credit:  Graphics From the Pond and Dots-of-Fun

This summer, I took a class on differentiation for the gifted learner and it really focused on individualized instruction.  I think it's important that we keep in mind each student and where they are as learners.  If that means we have to compact curriculum for those that need acceleration or if it means we have to model, model, model, then that is what we need to do for our students!  Yes, it can be time-consuming.  Yes, it can be challenging.  To the students, it means that they we are teaching with their interests in mind, at their pacing, incorporating their learning styles, and making it as challenging as it can be to promote learning EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.AT.ALL.TIMES.FOR.EVERY.LEARNER.  It can be done and it is my goal for the year!  With student-centered learning in mind, I created this resource to build an understanding of your students as learners:

As I reflect, I am glad to be challenging  myself in my thirteenth year of teaching.  It is so exciting to be able to bring a new level of instruction to your students.  I hope you will take the time to check out student-centered learning and try it in your own classroom if you haven't been doing it already!  While you are doing that, don't forget to checkout the BIG TeachersPayTeachers One-Day SALE!  Don't forget to use the code:  BOOST at checkout to get 28% OFF of your purchases!!! Have fun and stock up!

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