Creating a Learner-Centered Classroom
Although lecturing can be an efficient way of delivering information, it's not always the best way for students to learn. Instead, use a learner-centered approach to learning.
Use shorter lectures in your classes. Be sure to include writing exercises, discussion questions, think-pair-share exercises, and other opportunities for students to interact. Key to the success of the learner-centered classroom is establishing rapport with your students and encouraging them to interact.
To develop rapport with students, try these techniques:
- Greet them before class
- Recognize your students by using their names
- Encourage students to visit your office
- Show interest in students' lives and learning
- Use humor where appropriate to create informality
- Suggestions for encouraging student interaction:
- Have students meet at least a few people in the first class and exchange phone numbers
- Arrange seats in ways that encourage student interaction
- Encourage students to form study pairs or study groups
(Source: Angela Provitera McGlynn, Mercer County Community College)