Choice and Voice
Student-centered Learning in Action
Does student-centered learning sound like just another educational buzzword? It doesn’t have to be. Student-centered Learning is based on the idea that teaching is not just about transmitting information, and learning isn’t just about receiving it.
The best teachers have always understood that learning is an active process, and that teaching requires an understanding of the learners’ needs. Today, student-centered learning is no longer a mark of elite teachers, but an expectation for all effective teachers: thanks to the internet, today’s students already have all the information they could ever want at their fingertips. Our role as teachers, or parents, is to understand what makes each child unique, to inspire them to take an active role in their learning, and to guide them achieving their personal learning goals.
Jeff not only has a vision for 21st century schools, but he understands the realities of the classroom. I’ve seen his passion and ingenuity first-hand, when he was introducing differentiated and collaborative learning in his own classes, and while we implemented a school-wide blended learning initiative. Jeff uses technology, not as an end in itself, but as a way to put students at the center of their learning. His experience in the business world is evident in his ability to develop innovative programs and to drive collaboration among teachers.