Teacher preparation, personalized learning championed at education summit

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  • JWill La Verkin, UT
    July 10, 2013 8:39 p.m.

    I've seen something very close to the student-centered classes as described in this article work for eight years and counting. I had a professor use it at Snow College. Yes I agree that it only works in private schools or higher ed. But it would seem to me that if the accreditation commissions are asking for student-centered learning (and NWAC/AdvancEd has), public schools ought to fall in line. It's not a flavor of the month. It's not a panacea. It is keeping pace with the 21st century. Public schools are too used to the herd mentality. Individualization is a huge paradigm shift. No one is expecting this to happen overnight. Great article!

  • RUMYKIN Surprise, AZ
    July 10, 2013 10:14 a.m.

    This could happen only in a home school situation. With mandated state and district testing on content up to ten times during the school year where the student must achieve
    an exceeding score or the teacher will be docked on their evaluation and RIF rubric, there is no time allowed for student led choices of learning. Common Core usage is requiring scripted lesson plans and testing by evaluators on a daily basis. I wish this was really available.

  • freedomforthepeople Sandy, UT
    July 9, 2013 10:42 p.m.

    Student centered learning is another fad that is failing our kids. Of course the name sounds great - and of course we should focus on teaching students - but "student centered learning" and "facilitating" is what has brought us the colossal failure of the education system in our country.

    Students who know the most, and who know how to use that knowledge, are the ones most prepared for college and careers. Knowing the most takes expert teachers, who are willing to impart their knowledge and expertise, and get kids excited about learning. Of course, those kids then start learning and investigating and researching on their own, and they get even smarter. But it starts with academic success - kids who can read fluently, comprehend what they are reading, and who have strong skills in learning strategies (like studying material, memorizing key information, and building the foundation of their knowledge base).

    Telling kids (and teachers) that students should eschew knowledge, and only need to "learn how to learn" is the greatest falsehood in education, and is complete ridiculousness.

    Why are articles like this allowed to go unchallenged? These fads are DESTROYING our nation.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    July 9, 2013 2:45 p.m.

    How do you have student centered learning that also deals with the testing required by many states? You can show growth but showing mastery can be a different beast. As an educator all teaching, all learning is already student centered....or at least it's supposed to be. Even the "sage on the stage" can be student centered. Just speaking from experience.

  • Chuck E. Racer Lehi, UT
    July 9, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    "Student Centered" doesn't work! Unless you significantly modify it, you end up leaving the classroom, either to become a "teacher trainer," or out of education. It's one of those myths put out by colleges of education who are full of teachers who left the classroom. They didn't want to go back into another field, so they perpetuate the falsehoods they were taught about how to teach.

    Those who love teaching children, and are good at it, stay with it. THEY are the ones who should be training new teachers - through something more like an apprenticeship, rather than indoctrination in the colleges with constructivist philosophies that don't work.