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Sep 06 2012

student-led

How far can you go with student-led classrooms? I want to get the point where my students do most of the work in running class, almost to the point where they only need me there to plan the lessons and make sure they are doing things right.

How much do students lead your classes, all of you out there in cyberspace?

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  1. parus

    My students run almost everything. I generate the course content and make sure no one is causing problems for anyone else. Other than that, it’s pretty much on them. I found at first it was actually MORE work for me to have a student-centered classroom, because you have to lay so much prevention and preparation groundwork with the kids, but now that things are ticking over well I am able to use my time directly helping the students with their learning and less time on organization, planning, classroom management, etc.

  2. Erin

    I would agree that student-led is more work initially, but it does eventually become less work. I like the idea, but I have such a hard time letting go and allowing the students to lead. I must have control issues! =p

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