In any classroom, the teachers ability is the single most important predictor of student success. The greater the teachers ability and the more access a student has to that teachers influence, the greater the results that student can and will achieve.
Student centered learning is one way for teachers to meet the demands of 25 students or more in class and allow students the opportunity to learn from peers in class under the supervision of the teacher. No matter how great that teacher may be, the student receives 1/25 of the teachers instructional attention.
Tutoring, mentoring and individual coaching has long been recognized as a way to give individual students the instructional attention that they need to develop the relationship that builds the basis for student academic success. Teaching expertise combined with 1/1 teacher-student mentoring ensures students ability to accelerate cognition and allow academic skills to flourish. The student that has the social and academic skills, will be much more likely to succeed at school & in life.
What has been your experience with students centered learning? Has it helped you achieve your learning goals? Please feel free to share your thoughts, ideas and comments here: its through a diversity of views that the best ideas emerge.