One of the attributes of student-centered classrooms is The Construction of Learning…specifically when learners “rethink and reshape prior ideas”. Those adult learners that I work with bring a wide variety of ideas and experiences (just as their students do). My job is to honor their experiences, knowledge and skills by providing opportunities to make connections to previous knowledge in order to construct their own learning. E.g. Asking them to write for the purposes of extending and deepening their knowledge.
I am excited about the Collaborative Learning attribute in Student-Centered Learning. I am lucky enough to have a tremendous group of colleagues (both in and out of AEA267) who make the term “together we learn more” more than just a saying. Together, we have gain a deep understanding about Vocabulary, Writing to Learn, the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model, Effective Technology Integration, Adult Learning, Copyright, and of course lately..GOOGLE! My list is huge and ever expanding. Without the opportunity to collaboratively learn together, each of us asking questions and seeking a deep understanding, I couldn’t say that I am an expert in much. As I continue to expand my group of collaborators (some I know well, others I only know in name) to beyond our AEA267 walls, I find myself relying upon technology tools such as RSS feeds, Skype, and Twitter to replicate those same discussion that get to a deep understanding.