Exploring ways to Keep LEARNERS at the Center of Instruction & Learning

Learning takes on many forms. Offering a mixed approach helps learners to explore from different contexts. This is why we’ve explored previously resources that support Open Education Resources (OER) that provides a treasure trove of rich quality material for instruction to be used, revised, and remixed with full rights to do so. Also, we’ve looked at a curated collection of strategies that engage students with leading their learning during lessons that are live (synchronous) and offline (asynchronous) both in school, blended, and virtual (see article series at the end of this post).

In this article, we will explore ideas through videos. Here is a Playlist to explore a variety of ways to support learners and the teachers who support them. The intention of the playlist is that you, and those who you might share it with, can explore the sections that most interest and support learners’ needs who you serve. The videos are grouped into sub-categories. While there are no subtitles or labels, a close look at the titles in the playlist will make care which videos are grouped together.

Here is a description of each category that is included in the Playlist:

Exploring Student-Centered Approaches

While this is the larger theme of the videos, the list starts with a few perspectives from different age groups. Explore the examples to find validation for what you already do and potential opportunities to offer more to your learners. Active learning means that learners must be active (4 Key Aspects of Teaching an Online Class). It becomes quickly clear that if young students can lead their learning, so can older students.

Inquiry and Design Thinking

Inspiring curiosity in students of all ages is an important experience and opportunity of learners. The “3 rules to spark learning” by Ramsey Musallam is a powerful story of reflection and epiphany that he experienced and shares with audiences. Use his Ted Talk to launch an inquiry that uses the videos that follow on the topics of inquiry and Design Thinking. Consider how to incorporate some of the ideas into your practice.

Culture for Constructive Critique

Critique given to and by learners is important part of learning and personal growth. They become more skillful designers and product developers when they give and receive critiques that are constructive, specific, and kind. Here is a humorous video made by students on this very topic: “Writing Peer Review (Peer Critique) TOP 10 Mistakes”. Use the videos and the strategy Talk Moves to help students improve these valuable life skills.

Power of Relationships and Inclusivity

Relationships matter for students and the adults who are charged with their growth. This section covers a varied collection of ideas from supporting learners with challenges to being mindful of the culture being nurtured. Social and emotional learning considerations are important for ensuring that learners can be their most present.

Quick Get-Started Strategies

This last section contains a variety of ideas that can be used in learning experiences immediately. Pick an idea such as how you construct your own videos for learners and run with it. Your students will appreciate your efforts.

For more exploration and reflection on practices,
here is a list of the articles in this series:


Written by John McCarthy, EdS, author of So All Can Learn: A Practical Guide to Differentiation
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