Learner-centered Classrooms

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thought_1678cYesterday, we had a staff development day themed “Back to the Future”.  We discussed educational tools and techniques of the past, present and potential future tools and techniques.  As I reflected on the day, I wondered how many of us, if we could, would take a look through the looking glass at a classroom from 20-30 years ago and contrast it to a typical classroom today.  Would there be a difference?  If there is not a difference, how sad!

We have at our fingertips all the tools, products and research to make every classroom student-centered and engaging for all students. Before you throw up your hands in despair and say, there she goes again, I do want to point out that there are pockets of teachers, schools and classrooms that exemplify what an engaging classroom looks like and where student engagement is the prime objective.  Kids who are engaged in their learning exhibit less inappropriate behaviors, have increased student performance on high stakes testing and retain what they have learned to apply to new problem-solving situations.  Can your classroom be a 21st century student-centered class where all students are actively engaged in learning and problem-solving?  Of course, it can– all that needs to change is you!  Watch this:


Rosemary Manges

Rosemary Manges, Program Coordinator for Inclusive Services, has over 39 years of educational experience ranging from the public school classroom, administration, preparing pre-service teachers at the college level to development of policy at TEA. She is in her 10th year at Region 10.

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