Spring 2014

Creating Learner-Centric Environments

Suggested Reading

Suggested Reading

Creating Learner-Centric Environments
De-grade your classroom and instead use narrative feedback

Mark Barnes, SmartBlog on Education

Author of Role Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student-Centered Classroom (A 2013 Best Professional Book), Mark Barnes explains how he stopped grading his middle school students, instead using only narrative feedback. Barnes cites the research of formative assessment expert, Dylan Wiliam, to support his claim that students complete activities willingly and become high-achieving independent learners, once all number and letter grades are eliminated.

Knowledge in Action Research Helping to Make the Case for Rigorous Project-Based Learning

Edutopia Staff, Edutopia

This research project examines whether project-based learning can deepen student learning and increase Advanced Placement test scores. The comprehensive article provides an overview of the study, project-based learning course design, student demographics and results to date.

5 Ways to Make Your Classroom Student-Centered

Marcia Powell, Ed Week Teacher

Author Marcia Powell explores the teacher strengths needed for creating a student-centered classroom and how teachers can refine those. She encourages teachers to identify areas of focus to improve their relationships with students and their classroom results.

Teacher vs. Learner-Centered Instruction

National Capital Language Resource Center

This chart outlines the key characteristics that differentiate teacher-centric versus learner-centric environments.

10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014

Barbara Bray, Personalize Learning

In her blog post, Barbara Bray defines personalized learning in terms of the learner and suggests how educators might take personalized learning to a new level in 2014.