Giving students the role of teacher through student-centered pedagogy

Would an educator take the role of managing the classroom instead of teaching? Or can students be able to handle the teaching and learning with the educator being the manager? Student-centered learning brings power to student learning because students are responsible for their learning without the teacher taking all of the control. Accepting new roles and responsibilities would be a challenge to teachers who have not tried student-centered pedagogy. Management role would be the first challenge that comes to mind.

As a former 8th-grade personal finance instructor the thought of giving my students the power to lead the classroom scares me. And it is not because I do not believe that my students could do but because I would not be able to let go of classroom control. Classroom management is what educators are instructed to do and trained to do. Whether it is getting grade school students to settle down or getting adult learners to focus on the classroom topic educators, want control of the class. Student-centered learning breaks that barrier with five influential factors in student-centered pedagogy (Grant & Hill, 2006). From the five factors technology is the one factor that would need close monitoring from the educator. I had the experience of my 8th-grade students watching music videos instead of working on the assigned work. However, I am approaching student-centered learning with open arms because students should have the power to take the lead in the class. Besides students are the ones that need to learn the material.

Grant, M. M., & Hill, J. R. (2006). Weighing the risks with the rewards: Implementing student-centered pedagogy within high-stakes testing.Understanding teacher stress in an age of accountability, 19-42.

My Biggest Holiday Travel Headaches

Once Halloween is over, it’s the most wonderful time of the year … for holiday travel headaches.

Since I moved from Chicago to Oklahoma, I’ve trekked back to the Windy City a number of times for holidays and other important occasions. Along the way, I’ve learned a few lessons that caused me some headaches when they happened—but can save you money now.

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How I Made It Through College On Minimum Wage

When I started college in 2006, I was making the minimum wage of $6.50 per hour. My biweekly paychecks were $260—before taxes. It was hard for me to get by, even though gas was less than $2/gallon at the time and a burger, fries, and soda at a fast food joint did not cost an arm and a leg, like they do today.



“Latino Americans” by Maria Hinojosa

(Link, Picture, and story all come directly from Latino USA)

PBS debuts part one of a six-hour documentary American Latino history on Wednesday, September 17th. Host Maria Hinojosa talks to Vicki Ruiz, a UC Irvine historian featured in the series, and Jose Fulgencio, a young Latino blogger, about the series. The conversation focuses on the birth of anti-Latino immigrant rhetoric during the Great Depression and why this history is not taught in schools.

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