Course Description:

Student-centered learning places the student at the center of learning. This occurs when the student choice influences the content, the methodology, and the resources for learning. Like other teaching strategies, there are progressive degrees of implementation. For example, a teacher who chooses 100% of the content, the instructional strategies, the assessment, and the materials would be a low implementation classroom while a teacher who asks for student interest input, jointly develops assessments and assignments with students and incorporates a variety of strategies to support all learners is a high implementation environment. The goal of this module is to provide background information and tools/resources to support implementation.

Prerequisites: None
Contact Hours: 5

Course Competency:

  • Identify components of student-centered instructional practice.
  • Compare and contrast traditional classroom strategies andstudent-centeredd strategies.
  • Adapt or develop one lesson or unit to incorporate one student centered instructional strategy.
  • Reflect on how student-centered instruction can impact student engagement and your professional practice


Course Syllabus


Bell Ringer: Let's get started! Complete this pre-assessment to help provide context and focus to your learning experience.

  • How To by Buck Institute for Education (be sure to watch the recorded Google Hangout)
  • Video – School Improvement Network
  • Edutopia Blog – How and Why with emphasis on technology integration
  • Video – Teacher Centered vs. Student Centers
  • Article – Barbara Nanney, Student Centered Learning

As you examine the examples, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does the lesson include student choice? If so, how?
  • Do the examples provide opportunities for students to collaborate? 
  • Do the examples shift the responsibility for learning to students? How?
  • If you used one of these, would students choose to come to your class? Why or why not?


Choice Board: Choose one of the activites below and submit to earn your badge!
Choose one of the following assignments to complete and submit as evidence that you have mastered the information and applications found in the course.  Refer to the Choice Board Evaluation Rubric and the Guidelines for Submitting Your Assignment to ensure your evidence contains the necessary elements.

Choice 1: Student-Centered Lesson Plan

Adapt or develop a lesson which includes a choice board for one project that provides between 4-9  choice options for students in your classroom. Include one new method for student collaboration.

Choice 2: Student Survey

Using the results from an electronic student interest survey or student learning style survey, develop one lesson using the data from the survey to develop a new lesson focused on student interests or students’ learning styles.

For your survey, consider using Google FormsMicrosoft SurveySurvey Monkey, or any survey software in which you are comfortable.

Choice 3: Long-Range Plan

Develop a long-range plan to incorporate student-centered instructional strategies into your classroom. Include a unit curriculum map and what/how you will include these strategies over the next year or two.


  • As you worked through the module, how did you envision incorporating student-centered instructional strategies in you classroom?
  • How comfortable are you with using student-centered instructional strategies? If you could, how would you share with colleagues?
  • Exit Ticket – Show what you know!

Ready to earn your badge and get credit for this five-hour course?


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1. Pay For Review   2. Submit Your Work