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Make Math Moments Academy Forums Community Discussion Water Cooler Student-Centered vs. Teacher-Centered

  • Student-Centered vs. Teacher-Centered

    Posted by Stephanie Brunett on May 7, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Our district is working to build student autonomy and individual goal setting. Many of our teachers struggle with allowing our students to “take the reign” over their own learning, especially now that Covid has made those learning gaps more evident than ever.

    We have strengthened our coaching practices with a focus on rubric-based learning objectives and have seen a lot of student and teacher growth. However, this has started with a small population of our teachers. We are struggling with the buy-in of other teachers. Some feel the work is too much or simply do not see the benefit because growth does not necessarily mean proficient on state mandated assessments.

    Wanting to connect with others who are in the same situation and have suggestions for assisting teachers in this situation. I have done a lot of work within the curriculum development to incorporate many of the tools and resources they will need to begin the process. I do feel; however, that the inclusion of those resources may overwhelm those that are not ready or frustrate those who do not want to take that step forward.


    Kyle Pearce replied 1 year, 10 months ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Heidi Ross

    May 14, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    I feel like I am in the same boat!

    Many teachers like to sit and show the how to do the problem and another one and another one. Then the teacher can not figure out why they students can not do the problem on their own. It is because you have told them how to do the problem not shown them the why of the problem.

    I have a few teachers around me that have told me that my classroom is loud, and was not out of control because they happened to walk in while my students were debating.(maintaining social protocols)

    I need help with trying to get my peers to see this also. That math can be fun and interesting and not just doing problem after problem

  • Kyle Pearce

    May 16, 2021 at 7:15 am

    Such a common struggle that I’m sure many in this community can relate to.

    One of the biggest speed bumps (in my opinion) is crafting a plan for the epiphany to take place. This can often happen with very small wins and is always best if it starts with your team solving their OWN problems.

    Do you have any job embedded PD / collaboration time? Finding ways to start the conversation with THEIR struggles and then working towards solving them together (ie: not “I have the answer, here’s how to fix it”) can go a long way.