Running a Student-Centered Classroom

This model shows how to create a student-centered classroom that encourages independence, accountability, & time management.

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This model shows how to create an environment where students are the driving force in their learning and work habits.  Teachers become more than a factotum; they become observers and facilitators for student achievement.  Students receive minimal direct instruction and ongoing feedback through continuous formative assessments.  As students use personalized learning and activity choice, they practice managing their time.  A weekly work contract helps them to remain accountable to the teacher and to learn self-accountability.  Students set daily goals and work in small groups or independently.  This enables the teacher to have time to move throughout the room to observe or to work in small groups providing that ongoing formative assessment and feedback process.

If you're interested in more specific examples and resources, I am happy to share.  Just let me know.

Share insights you heard during your empathy work.

Students, LTELs in particular, can be hesitant to ask for help or to admit that they are struggling. Only using whole group instruction makes it very difficult to offer personalized learning and individually specific feedback. Watching students struggle to keep up or becoming bored and frustrated when they cannot move fast enough led me to try this work cycle/work contract method.

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Work Cycle Process (Mahaffey).pdf

This is a 6 step process for implementing a weekly work cycle.


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