Shows teachers how to foster positive characteristics of engagement in their students

Learner-Centered Instruction: Building Relationships for Student Success covers teaching methods, classroom management strategies, and ways to engage students and support their success. Authors Jeffrey H. D. Cornelius-White and Adam P. Harbaugh show K-12 teachers how to use the learner-centered instruction model to develop teacher-student relationships, as well as relationships with parents, administrators, other teachers, and professional organizations.

Focusing on teaching as facilitation applied through warmth, trust, empathy, and realness, Learner-Centered Instruction shows teachers how to share control and choice in classroom management through a balance of influence and cooperation. Well-grounded in research and theory, this book emphasizes encouragement, challenge, and adaptation for differentiated instruction through methods such as inquiry, cooperative small group learning, and authentic, relevant endeavors.

Key Features and Benefits

Includes chapter-opening “Reflect on Your Experiences” questions that invite readers to connect to prior knowledge, understanding, and experiences; Incorporates “Case Studies” that connect readers to realistic classroom and teaching scenarios, followed by related “Reflection” questions that ask readers to consider practical applications of the cases discussed; Helps readers develop their understanding through skill-building exercises, visual aids, discussion questions, and suggested resources

Theoretical Foundations of Learner-Centered Instruction

Theoretical foundations of learner-centered instruction

Reflect on Your Experience

We believe exploring educational theories can help educators identify their deepest explanations and most important goals for student learning. When teachers have clear, personally formulated goals, they can prioritize and more likely meet the many demands put upon them by administration, policies, students, parents, or others in the school community. In fact, one can argue the function of a plan is primarily to help people face situations productively and notice uniqueness and solutions as much as it is something to be followed (Bohart, 2006; Cornelius-White, 2007). Without a theoretical foundation, school situations can be overwhelming and may contribute to teachers leaving the profession (McCombs & Miller, 2007). Engaging with educational theories also helps ...

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