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ERIC Number: ED568776
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 272
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-61250-822-1
Student-Centered Learning: Nine Classrooms in Action
Nave, Bill, Ed.
Harvard Education Press
What does student-centered learning look like in real-life classrooms? In this collection, educator Bill Nave and nine award-winning K-12 teachers tell the story of how and why they changed their teaching and redesigned their classrooms in order to "reach every child." They reflect on their successes and struggles to put students in charge of their own learning and reveal strategies that make this possible. These teachers, who mostly work in schools with a high percentage of students living in poverty: prioritize relationships with students and their families; build supportive classroom cultures at the start of each year; tailor assignments to individual student interests, strengths, and challenges; create opportunities for students to choose how they will demonstrate their learning; and seek regular opportunities to connect students to learning outside the classroom. Ultimately, Nave argues, student-centered learning is not just something for special teachers or special schools. On the contrary, it is possible for all teachers--no matter what setting they teach in--to become extraordinary and for students to develop and realize their own unique personal goals. Following the introduction by Bill Nave, the contents of this book includes: (1) Kindergarten: "Preparing for a Lifetime of Learning" (Suzen Polk-Hoffses); (2) Grade Four: "Building Relationships with Whole-Heart Teaching" (Mary Graziano-Glynn); (3) Grade Four/Five Multiage: "A Journey of Transformation: Redesigning the Classroom for Students" (Shelly Moody); (4) Grade Five: "Modeling a Passion for Learning" (Susan Carpenter O'Brien); (5) Grades Six and Seven Looping: "Real-World Tasks for an Authentic Audience" (Karen MacDonald); (6) Grade Seven: "Transparency, Efficiency, and Acceleration" (Cynthia Raymond); (7) Grade Eight Special Education: "Charting the Course to Proficiency-Based Learning" (Shannon Shanning); (8) High School English and Speech: "People First, Things Second" (Alana M. Margeson); (9) Sophomore English: "Creating Meaning" (Christiane Cullens). The book ends with a conclusion entitled, "Yet", by Bill Nave. Notes and an index are included.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard University, Graduate School of Education