As we think more about student agency and how we can help our students learn for the sake of the excitement and power of learning, we are challenged to change how we approach our lesson planning. Rather than be lesson planners, I wonder if we are called to be lesson designers with a forward-thinking approach focused on helping our students become more active learners in our classrooms.,
In the article The Continuum from Teacher-Controlled to Student-Centered Learning, authors Kallick and Zmuda provide seven variables that factor into transitioning from teacher-driven to student-driven learning, in essence, personalized learning. They are:
- Learning Goals
- Inquiry and Idea Generation
- Task and Audience
- Instructional Plan
- Cumulative Demonstration of Learning.
The authors share that a teacher who wants to personalize instruction can “ turn the volume up or down, amplifying or reducing the amount of student agency as the teacher and students begin to feel more comfortable with student self-direction.” They liken this to how an audio technician uses a sound board.
As you take a few moments to read their short article, you will see concrete examples for each of the seven variables on how to transition from teacher-centered to student-centered learning…what they call the “personalizing sound board”.