Iowa Core

On Learner-Centered Education

The state of Iowa has identified Five Characteristics of Effective Instruction. One of them, which I have been paying close attention to lately, is “Student-Centered Classrooms.” From the EducateIowa web page: Students are directly involved and invested in the discovery of their own knowledge. Through collaboration and cooperation with others, students engage in experiential learning… Read more On Learner-Centered Education

Agents of Change vs. Status Quo

Here’s my report back after a few days of history class where students OWNED this standard: Understand the role of individuals and groups within a society as promoters of change or the status quo. Understand that specific individuals and the values those individuals held had an impact on history. Understand significant events and people, including… Read more Agents of Change vs. Status Quo

Day 2 – Promoters of Change or the Status Quo

Yesterday we started a history unit where I “put the standard out there for the kids to OWN,” as Michelle commented on yesterday’s blog post. Here is the standard: Understand the role of individuals and groups within a society as promoters of change or the status quo. Understand that specific individuals and the values those… Read more Day 2 – Promoters of Change or the Status Quo