I was at a conference and was discussing with other teachers and just assumed that they all agreed with me that student centered was a better approach to learning. All of a sudden I realized that they didn’t agree. I realized that they were all hesitant to let their students take the lead.
That student centered meant chaos, that it meant that you had to let the kids do what they want to do all the time.
In a student centered classroom you get the kids to run the show as much as possible, so that they can learn as much as possible. But you’re still there. You’re in the mix. You’re in the middle. You’re there for them. You’re working with them, you’re pushing them, you’re challenging them, and you’re helping them.
Student centered doesn’t mean the teacher is less involved. It means that you are more involved. It means that you wade into the middle of the fray with them and you dive into the work together.