Moving Toward Student-Centered Learning
Moving Toward Student-Centered Learning
PUBLISHED: Friday, May 04, 2018 by Katy McDowall

Our staff recently attended the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented Leadership Conference, and I have come away more inspired than ever by teachers who are facilitating more student-centered, personalized learning experiences in their classrooms. Often, “student-centered” and “personalized” can cause educators to pause, as the two terms are fraught with misconceptions (e.g., providing students with personalized learning experiences requires more work on behalf of the teacher) and assumptions (e.g., there’s no time or way to give students more control in the classroom). 

According to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), student-centered learning “moves students from passive receivers of information to active participants in their own discovery process.” Students’ abilities and needs dictate what they learn, how they learn, and how that learning is assessed. Technology—when used appropriately to develop higher order thinking skills—also plays a role, as it “allows for an unprecedented level of personalized learning” to meet students’ goals. Such learning experiences can be beneficial for students at all ability levels, including gifted, twice-exceptional, and special needs students. 

How do you move toward student-centered learning in your classroom? I’ve compiled a list of additional readings related to the topic below: