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Student-Centered Classrooms: A Constructivist Approach

Graduate-Level Credit / Non-Credit Hours
3 Semester Credits, 5 Quarter Credits, or 45 Clock Hours

Course Description

Participants in this course will examine student-centered classrooms with a constructivist approach - a significant shift away from the typical teacher-centered classroom.  In a student-centered classroom, much of the direction and leadership is passed onto the students and the teacher becomes the classroom facilitator. This course provides participants with an in-depth exploration of how student-centered classrooms can engage and enhance the learning of all students.  Effective student-centered teaching strategies, lesson planning, classroom management methods, and differentiated assessments will be explored.  Participants will learn how having a constructivist approach to the student-centered classroom can have students take charge of their learning at any grade level and become independent learners who can create, discover, and problem solve on their own.

Global Goals of the Course

  1. To examine current research in the area of constructivism and best practice instruction using student-centered classrooms (NBPTS 3,4)
  2. To develop an understanding of the need for student-centered learning in today’s classroom (NBPTS 1,3,4)
  3. To analyze current student-centered instructional practices in order to infuse more constructivist approaches to better support student learning (NBPTS 1,3,4)
  4. To explore possible applications for student-centered instruction in the classroom (NBPTS 1,2,3,4)
  5. To synthesize best practice research and classroom applications (NBPTS 2,3,4)

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Ongoing Enrollment

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11/16/20 - 12/13/20 Online
Nov 16 - Dec 13, 2020

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11/02/20 - 11/20/20
Class moved to online due to COVID-19
Nov 02 - 20, 2020