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Student Centered Learning

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Seven Essential Ingredients for Student Centered Learning


1. Student Centered Learning: When students are directly involved in the discovery

of knowledge based on the students’ needs and skill level. Teachers work with students

to guide instruction, building on prior knowledge, and using instructional strategies that

positively impact student learning


2. Environment:The physical and organizational aspects of the classroom. The development

of the physical space to meet the levels, learning styles, and needs of the students combined

with procedures and routines to facilitate learning allows the class to function in a positive,

productive, and efficient manner.


3. Engagement: When students are exploring, thinking, questioning, conversing, or reflecting

about an activity in order to construct knowledge. Engagement allows students to make critical

personal connections, interact with others, and use all of the senses to connect new information to prior knowledge.


4. Interaction: The exchange of ideas between adults and students, students and students, and

adults and adults that facilitate learning and understanding. Interactions include problem solving

skills, collaboration, and positive communication strategies for working with peers and adults.


5. Assessment: An ongoing process which occurs routinely in a variety of ways. Student surveys,

checklists, observations, informal and formal assessments and student projects and work

samples are all part of a comprehensive process.



6. Content: The merging of standards, benchmarks, and subject knowledge expectations

with the student’s culture, experiences and interests. Additionally, content is ultimately

dependent upon assessed student needs.


7. Instructional Strategies: Learning new information is influenced by a range of variables

for each learner. Strategies that incorporate novelty and variation help students stay focused.

Examples of instructional strategies that positively impact student learning include: finding a reason

for students to participate, connecting new learning to prior knowledge, and engaging the student socially.







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