Leveraging Student-led Classrooms

posted Jul 30, 2016, 8:10 AM by Professional Learning

ASCD Express
Leveraging Student-Led Classrooms
"I believe in taking the dreams of children seriously, and then challenging them to take their own dreams seriously," writes author Ta-Nehisi Coates. Students spend nearly 1,000 hours a year in school. So how do educators make those hours more than markers of passive attendance? Through a combination of opportunity, structure, practice, and trust, educators in this issue leverage student leadership and, ultimately, ownership of what happens in schools. 
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Student-Led Learning Centers in Secondary Classrooms
Learning centers are popular in elementary grades, but they can be just as easily adapted for middle and high school students to take the lead in designing and facilitating instructional activities.
When Students Lead Their Learning
Students take a lead role in understanding and communicating their progress when they reflect on their learning in front of parents and panels of experts.
Starting Student-Led Discussions in Early Elementary
Emerging readers and writers can fluently discuss books when provided practice, structure, partners, and visual supports. Try one of these discussion scaffolds for teaching young readers to question texts and compare and contrast stories.