Why Student-Centered Learning?

It’s easy for adults to forget how difficult it is to be a kid. Kids spend much of their days being told what to do. They do what other people want them to do, often without understanding why. This lack of control over their own lives is frustrating to almost all children—but especially to the most vulnerable kids. Consider how you’d feel if someone forced you to sit in a room all day and learn about something you thought was boring or irrelevant. What if you weren’t allowed to take a stretch break, go to the bathroom when you wanted, or eat or drink when you wanted to?  Understanding the modern classroom this way makes it clear why so many kids struggle. Allowing children to, with some adult guidance, choose what they want to learn and how they want to learn it gives them more control over their lives. This can eliminate resistance, help frustrated kids become more cooperative, and show all children that learning doesn’t have to be boring. A more student-centered approach prepares students for the many distractions of adulthood. Students gain an understanding of their own learning style. They get more control over how they spend their time. They get to collaborate with other students. These are all skills they’ll need in adulthood when no one is looking over their shoulder, forcing them to learn.