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
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.