So what is the learning process in education!
A chalkboard, desk and the whole mark – the books. The day begins and ends with the ringing bells. Centuries have passed now and this has defined what all of us think about school. In fact, we have come to believe that this is the one and only way that students will learn. With that belief, we have taught all of our students in pretty much the exact same way.
But the world has changed and what it means to be ready to succeed in the future has also changed. That means our model of learning must change. There is strong data that shows we need to rethink learning. It is similar to remodeling the house which isn’t just about adding a new coat of paint but instead about updating the outdated parts to make it more modern and efficient. Strengthening what works and fixing what doesn’t.
Gone are the days when some students can excel and others just get by. Our society needs all kids to excel at high levels and to make this happen we need to engage our students in a way popularly known as student-centered learning.
This particular concept of learning incorporates a student’s skills and interests into the learning process making the experience more personalized alongside involving the student in his or her own future.
What makes this work? It’s actually the four key principles or learning process steps of student centered learning.
Learning is personalized.
Personalized learning happens when teachers know students have strong relationships with them and can meet students where they are in their development process.
Learning is competency based.
Learning is about the information and skills a student has mastered and not just moving through a curriculum. In the competency based system, students can proceed at their own pace in every subject enabling teachers to respond to individual needs, interests and challenges.
Learning happens anytime and anywhere.
Students will often make important discoveries about themselves and the world around them when they make the learning happen beyond the traditional school day and outside the traditional school walls. Learning doesn’t start and stop when the bell rings.
The last key to student-centered learning is that students take ownership of their work.
Don’t make a decision about students without students playing a direct role in their own success, actively engaging with the process to ensure the impact is lasting and meaningful.
For student-centered learning to work, all 4 of these principles must work together, it’s not really an Ala carte approach instead it’s reimagining education so that it works as the perfect concept of learning for all the students.
As per the facts, our world is changing and with the latest in child development research, we know better than ever before how children and young adults learn.