Here are my classroom rules/procedures for Listen to Reading.General rules: We reviewed all of these rules every day for a week.The traditional classroom where students sit quitely and attentively in their seats, while the teacher pours vast amounts of wisdom and knowledge into their spongelike brains is over (assuming it ever existed.) This is especially true for middle school and high school classes where "teaching" can be a constant battle. In short, a student-centered classroom, or student-centered learning environment, is one where the focus of instruction is shifted from the teacher to the student, with the end goal of developing students who are autonomous and independent, by placing the responsiblity of learning in the hands of the students.Many proponents of student-centered learning would argue that it's one of the most effective ways to help students develop the skills required for independent problem-solving and lifelong learning.For example, we want students to do more firsthand learning, group learning, practicing, reflecting, teaching of others, and presentations because all of these learning activities require active learner engagement.
Due to diversity of background, attitude, and other factors, the ideal of Socratic small group interaction at a high level is often beyond practical attainment in many traditional classrooms.
The first step to helping students adjust to learner-centered teaching is to explain WHY this approach is the best possible way to enhance their academic success.
This includes explaining how the new learning roles and responsibilities expected of them in a learner-centered classroom will allow them to better meet their learning and life goals.
Traditional education and online education each have unique advantages.
The emotively supportive face-to-face environment of the classroom allows immediate feedback, and an immediate social environment, which has been viewed as essential to a quality educational experience.