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13 Lucky Steps to a Personal Learner-Centred Classroom.

Help protect your pupils from boredom, apathy and under-achievement.  

Do your teaching methods measure up to your pupils’ learning criteria?

1.

Is it clear to your pupils what value will be created for them as a result of learning the subject you teach?

Yes No

My thoughts…

2.

Are you following the four-phase learning cycle? • Interest • Instruction • Integration • Interpretation

Yes No

My thoughts…

3.

Will you provide activities that stimulate pupils’ imagination so that they are aroused and want to learn?

Yes No

My thoughts…

4.

Does your classroom environment create an atmosphere of enjoyment (colour, music, visuals, collaborative seating and novelty)?

Yes No

My thoughts…

5.

Will you address possible negative feelings certain pupils might have towards a subject? Do you give them a positive feeling from the start?

Yes No

My thoughts…

6.

Are pupils able to get involved in the learning process right from the beginning?

Yes No

My thoughts…

7.

Is each lesson you teach centred around pupils, creating meaning and understanding rather than just absorbing information?

Yes No

My thoughts…

8.

Do pupils have the opportunity to alternate between being physically active and passively listening?

Yes No

My thoughts…

9.

Will pupils be able to enjoy rich collaboration during lessons with partnered work, teamwork and whole class discussions?

Yes No

My thoughts…

10.

Is your teaching learner-centred with lots of learning activities? Is there more learning or more teaching in your classroom?

Yes No

My thoughts…

11.

Do you provide adequate opportunities for: • Auditory learning • Visual learning • Physical learning • Teaching learning (teaching another pupil what you know) • Intellectual learning

Yes No

My thoughts…

12.

Do your lessons have good momentum, flow and variety so that pupils move quickly from one task to the next?

Yes No

My thoughts…

13.

Is there a strong review phase with activities that enhance and reinforce what has been learnt?

Yes No

My thoughts…

 This article first appeared in Teaching Expertise, July 2005.

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