Teacher-Centered Classroom: Characteristics & Management

Teacher-Centered Classroom: Characteristics & Management
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  • 0:04 Teacher Vs. Student-Centered
  • 0:40 When To Use Direct Teaching
  • 2:03 Classroom Arrangement
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Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

Are there times when a teacher-centered classroom is more effective than a student-centered classroom? This lesson will explore teacher-centered classrooms and discuss some of its uses.

Teacher vs. Student-Centered

We've all been told that students need to be able to construct their own knowledge to improve critical thinking skills, so why would we consider a teacher-centered approach to instruction? In education, there is not a one-size-fits-all method that works for all students in all situations. There are times when a teacher will need to momentarily abandon constructivism in favor of more traditional classroom settings. Let's discuss some teacher-centered approaches to instruction that can be useful alternatives to student-centered instruction in the classroom.

When to Use Direct Teach

One instructional strategy teachers should know about is direct teaching. Direct teaching, which is sometimes called direct instruction, is a form of teacher-centered instruction where the focus of the lesson is on distributing facts to students. This is the type of instruction that is most commonly used in U.S. schools, despite half a century of research that suggests this may not always be the best approach. However, when a student is learning skill-based activities, such as computational fluency and content knowledge, are more readily learned through direct teach.

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