The basis of student-centered learningIn a student-centered approach to education one must put the student and their learning needs in the centre of it all, at the basis of all educational initiatives. In order to achieve this, one needs at least three things:
Student voice and choiceIn a student-centered learning environment, students are no longer passive receivers of information, but active participants in their own learning process. No matter if we’re talking about toddlers or teenagers, they all can contribute to their learning journey. Students should be included in the lesson planning process, in each learning activity and even in the designing of assessment. Teachers should listen to students’ opinions and create learning materials based on them.
Teachers as facilitatorsTeachers make the transition from being the sole guardians of knowledge to becoming learning facilitators. The more spread the Internet, the more students get access to knowledge outside school walls. If students have more sources of knowledge, they’ll have more questions about what they learn. So, teachers must be there for them and not only answer their questions, but guide them towards new ones and empower them to find answers on their own. This may be a tougher job for teachers compared to the traditional educational system.
Education technologyWhether we’re talking about something as simple as education apps or as complicated as a school LMS, ed-tech plays a huge role in student-centered learning. Thanks to technology, teachers can decide on what the best course of action is in one learning situation or another based on all the students’ learning data gathered by said technology. They can therefore identify learning patterns, pinpoint where students struggle with a lesson, or suggest personalized next steps in the learning process.