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Student-Centered Learning Activities for Science

Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

Student-centered classrooms are based on the need and learning capabilities of your class. This lesson discusses several different Science activities that can be adapted for different levels of learners.

Student-Centered Learning

Student-centered learning is not only the process of making sure the subjects taught can be relatable to students, but it is also focused on learning, not assessments. This puts the responsibility on the teachers to be involved with their students activities in class to see if they are learning what they need to within the subject.

Student-centered classrooms are usually more activity based and less lecture oriented, keeping the class busy and engaged, but due to the constant bustle, there is a need to be aware of all the students and their activities. So although grading everything is out, assessing knowledge to assure comprehension should not be.

The following activities are broken out into subjects within science.

Chemistry Activities

Chemistry can be a hard subject for students to become engaged in, especially since there is a serious amount of math involved. To get students involved, you can make lessons based on specific projects.

Pick your project

Have a variety of projects available that teach different concepts within chemistry. Each project should display a key concept for the semester. In teams of 2 or more, you can have students pick a project, complete the project, and then decide how to teach it to the class. This gets the students engaged in learning, but also in teaching.

  • For example, you can have students make their own volcano that erupts, but then have them to explain to the class why the baking soda and vinegar reacts in the way it does. The responsibility will be on the students to learn the concepts through asking the teacher or research, and then providing a relatable explanation to their peers.

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