By Shelley Wright, Canadian PLP cohort
Sunday evening I made an important, and now irrevocable, decision. Even though I understand the importance of student-centred learning, I haven’t switched to this approach in my Bio 30 class. I keep thinking, “I’ll do it next year.” Finally, I stopped and asked, “Why am I not changing this now?”
The bottom line is fear. The biggest fear, of course, being my students not learning everything they are supposed to. But I am convicted repeatedly by a statement Shawna Stangel made in her blog “…the days of covering must come to an end. If you need to cover something please get a tarp or a sheet, but don’t use that word in reference to teaching and learning any more.” I agree.
The funny thing is, in the end, I think this way will actually be more time efficient, once they develop the skills they need.
This week we’re starting a new unit, a six-week stretch on human anatomy, starting with the brain. The perfect time for a change. So I took the plunge.
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