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

Engagement-Focused Instruction

Engagement-focused instruction

Reflect on Your Experience

Although you may find some of the following questions worthy of lengthy consideration, it is our intent for you to give quick, honest answers—the first and most meaningful that come to mind.

  • Recall an assignment, project, or course in elementary, middle, or high school that was highly engaging. What factors made you so interested?
  • Who are the experts you turn to in your daily life when you do not know how to do something? What about each of these people draws you out of your shell or compels you to confide your limitations and ask for help?
  • Think of a time you have become interested in something and just dived right in. Try to think of something you learned ...
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