About This Chapter
Learner-Centered Environments - Chapter Summary
This chapter will help you learn about the different components of learner-centered environments and the strategies you can use to create such as environment in your classroom. It is composed of a series of lesson videos taught by professional instructors who provide tips, activities and strategies for encouraging student interaction and involvement. Use this chapter to learn about:
- The elements of learner-centered environments
- Types of wait times
- Group and class discussion activities and ideas
- Instructional scaffolding
- Responsibilities of students in the learner-centered environments
- Student and teacher teamwork
- Reflective learning
- Importance of creating a safe learning environment in the class room
How It Helps
- Enhances your understanding: These lessons can improve your understanding of the elements and benefits of a learner-centered environment in the classroom.
- Learn new teaching strategies: As these lessons explain the elements of a learner-centered environment, they will also help you learn how to implement these strategies in your own classroom.
- Defines roles: These lesson will also help you review the responsibilities and roles of students in a learner-centered environment so everyone understands their part in creating a successful learning environment.
By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
- List the qualities of a learner-centered classroom and environment
- Recognize the importance of the waiting time between teachers' questions and students' answers in class room discussions
- Initiate different types of classroom discussions
- Implement scaffolding instruction in the class room
- Conduct student activities and participation in student-teacher teamwork
- Teach students how to use reflection and analysis to improve their understanding of educational material
- Know how to create a safe environment for all learners
1. Creating a Learner-Centered Classroom & Environment
Education is moving toward a more learner-centered model, where student needs and interests are used to develop lessons and activities. This lesson explores how a learner-centered model is applied to the classroom.
2. Using Wait Time in the Classroom
During class discussion, is the pause between the teacher's question and the student's response important? It is, and the pause between the student's response and the teacher's reaction is also important. In this lesson, we define and discuss both types of wait time and how they can be used to optimize students' learning.
3. Class Discussion: Activities & Ideas
In this lesson, we will discuss the importance of class discussions. We will also review several different types of class discussion activities that are appropriate for a variety of grade levels and subjects.
4. Group Discussion: Questions, Topics and Activities
Have you ever found it difficult to start a group discussion? Or once you've started one, have you ever found it hard to keep it interesting? This lesson provides some basic parameters for what makes a quality group discussion, examples of good questions that promote good conversation, and methods that help keep the discussion interesting.
5. Scaffolding Teaching Strategies
Teachers sometimes use a method of instruction called 'instructional scaffolding.' Learn more about this and how it is used. Examine the different components of instructional scaffolding.
6. Student Roles in a Learner-Centered Environment
The role of the student in a learner-centered environment is different than in a typical classroom. What does this look like? This lesson looks closely at a learner-centered environment, explains the students' role, and provides examples.
7. Student-Teacher Teamwork in Learner-Centered Environments
The relationship between students and teachers is important to the success of learner-centered environments. This lesson defines the learner-centered classroom and gives examples of situations when student-teacher teamwork comes into play.
8. Reflective Learning: Definition, Style & Theory
In this lesson we'll explore the meaning of reflective learning, discuss some of the advantages and strategies, and become familiar with some of the most famous theorists of reflective learning.
9. Creating a Safe Learning Environment in the Classroom
Children learn best when they are in a safe classroom environment, and teachers and families are happier when classrooms feel safe, too. This lesson will give you some ideas on how to create a safe environment for all learners.
10. How to Write a Classroom Bill of Rights
Imagine having a classroom full of students who not only knew their rights, but also helped established those rights. This lesson gives a detailed activity of how teachers can use a Classroom Bill of Rights to help students take ownership over what they can and cannot do.
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