LCI is an approach that is student centered instead of teacher centered. This mean that students are actively involved and they cooperate with each other during the learning process. For example, students solve problems, ask and answer questions, investigate, explain, brainstorm, etc. This type of learning helps student develop the skills they need in today's world.
The role of the teacher is to motivate students and encourage them to learn through different activities that adapt to their interest and learning needs. In the same way, the teacher acts as a facilitator and helps student interact with each other so the learning experience is more meaningful for them.
The four key principles of student centered learning are:
- Learning is personalized: This means that is really important for teachers to get to know their students and know where they are in their development. Therefore, when teachers develop a strong relationship with students, they are more likely to succeed in ther learning.
- Learning is competency based: It is when teachers respond to students' individual needs and interests. They are also aware of the skills students are mastering and not just how they move along the curriculum.
- Learning happens anytime and anywhere: Teachers need to recognize that students are always learning. Learning happens not just inside the school but outside. Students are always making new discoveries and that is why teachers need to use what their students already know to construct new knowledge.
- Students take ownership: Let students be part of their own learning process because when they are involved, learning has more impact and is more meaningful for students.
By Priscila Jaramillo