Effective student-centered learning occurs when the traditional teacher-student practice of 'I lecture, you retain and repeat' is discarded, and when the students assume responsibility for their own process of discovery while the teacher assumes the role of facilitatorach. In this book, Karrell Hickman isolates behaviors teachers and students can practice in order to move beyond their traditional roles in the classroom to promote a more engaged and energized learning environment. She presents four fully developed long-term research projects that are designed to encourage student-centered learning while meeting language arts standards on multiple levels.
Karrell Hickman currently teaches at Feather River Academy in Yuba City, California. She has a master's degree in English and has been a National Board Certified Teacher since 1995.
Acknowledgements About the Author Introduction 1. Working Toward a Student Centered Classroom Developing Student-Led Class Discussions From Criteria to Rubrics: Student-Led Assessment Tool Other Assessment Tools Tutors, Teachers, and Collaborators Time Management 2. How to Create a Project Where to Find Project Ideas The Design Organizing 3. Standards and High-Stakes Testing Standards and Projects Standards for the English Language Arts Sponsored by NCTE and IRA High-Stakes Testing 4. Adopt-a-Poet Teacher Instructions Student Instructions 5. Project Monster Teacher Instructions Research Assignments Portfolio Presentations Student Instructions Research Assignments Portfolio Presentation 6. "I Was Friends With . . . ." Teacher Instructions Research Assignments Portfolio Presentation Student Instructions Research Assignments Portfolio 7. Tracing the Protest Movement in America Through Song: A Scavenger Hunt Teacher Instructions The Scavenger Hunt Portfolio Timeline Graphic Presentation Student Instructions Portfolio Timeline Graphic Presentation Appendix Project Design Adopt-a-Poet Project Monster "I Was Friends With . . . ." Tracing the Protest Movement in America Through Song: A Scavenger Hunt Resources Case Studies References Index