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The student-centered learning approach has been gaining in popularity. Let's find out how it differs from the traditional lesson and what student-centered projects can be. Spoiler: this article contains a fantastic idea for your online class with Edform!

Red flags in teaching

Teacher-centred teaching is not forbidden, but it is focused on the teacher and their needs, not on the children. It is important to remember that today's education is different from 10 or even 5 years ago. Children are confronted with new responsibilities and obstacles, so teachers must help them adapt and accept these challenges. 

It's time to make a change if the teacher:

  • Grades every assignment and leaves only negative feedback.
  • Assigns 10 pages to read in one minute.
  • Rejects every student's opinion.
  • Helps with homework without giving the children a chance to think.
  • Has not changed the curriculum in years.

Student-centered environment

Student-centered learning helps develop the ability to solve problems and different problems independently, as the focus shifts from the teacher to the student. This way, the teacher gives children space to express themselves, think critically, and gain the necessary experience. 

The main goal of this approach is not the mastery of the educational program but the development of students' personal learning abilities. 

Many teachers claim that this is one of the best ways to achieve the required skills and knowledge. 

"I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn."

― Albert Einstein

The student is given an active position to manage his own learning: forming goals, planning assignments, formulating evaluation principles, and so on.

The new digital technologies available today in the education system make it possible to implement student-centered learning with fewer funds by introducing distance learning into the school system. Covid 19 has already made changes, and many schools have been forced to switch to distance education. 

Projects allow students to choose their own direction, topic, and reasoning. So by choosing even an unsuccessful idea, they will be responsible for the consequences. The student-centered projects develop commitment, independence, and the ability to think critically and select the relevant facts from the pile of irrelevant ones. 

Business Idea Project with Edform

Students should develop the skills they need in their daily lives. The ability to distinguish interesting business ideas from boring ones, write a business plan and create a project is something every student needs. 

  • Divide all students into 2 or 3 groups.  
  • If your group is on distance education, it can be online rooms. The student's main task will be to fill out a worksheet with their ideas. The teacher should make the worksheet in advance and add interactive elements. 

On the worksheet, the teacher can place an engaging video about business. On Edform, it is so easy! You just click on the icon "Youtube" and add the link to the video in the area. 

  • Have students assign roles to the team. One of them will have to write notes on the worksheet on behalf of the whole group. 
  • Write a business plan. This is a great exercise to ask students on the worksheet using the Open-ended question type.
  • Now they are ready to tell more about their idea. Add an "Audio recorder" element so that one of the groupmates can state the essence of the concept and why the government should invest in it.
  • Collect the responses from the two groups in the report section. And give each group a chance to look at their opponents' business ideas. 
  • Comment on the strengths and weaknesses of each idea. 

This assignment helps students develop their critical thinking and encourage a creative approach. The next step after the interactive worksheet could be a Google slide presentation.

Hurry up and register to create student-centered lessons with Edform!

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