What does student-centered learning look like in real-life classrooms? That is the question that author and educator Bill Nave aims to answer in his new book from Harvard Education Press, Student-Centered Learning: Nine Classrooms in Action, in which nine teachers tell the stories of their own classrooms and how they altered their own methods to achieve greater student success. These examples of true student-centered learning highlight what can be achieved when an educator trusts his or her students to help craft their own courses for learning, Nave says.
"The relationship between students and the teacher is the key to opening up the students to want to learn," he says. "That's the engaging motivating factor."
In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Nave discusses student-centered learning and how teaching can be redesigned for classrooms in order to reach every child.
The Harvard EdCast is a weekly series of podcasts, available on the Harvard University iTunes U page, that features a 15-20 minute conversation with thought leaders in the field of education from across the country and around the world. Hosted by Matt Weber, the Harvard EdCast is a space for educational discourse and openness, focusing on the myriad issues and current events related to the field.