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Students First: A Great Approach for the Newly-Adopted Learning Standards

If you have attended one of my classes or are a frequent reader of this blog, then you know that I am a very strong advocate for social and emotional learning (SEL). There is tons of research to support that social and emotional learning is fundamental to youth development and has a tremendous impact on academic achievement.

With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards for Math and the Next Generation Science Standards, the challenge for many schools is leveraging what we know about SEL in an effort to bring about students' best learning. Developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills are essential to students' ability to conquer the new math and science skills. In order for teachers to successfully engage, challenge, and teach these skills, students must be at the center. A student-centered approach allows for the teaching and learning needs of all students to be addressed-- its catered education immersed in SEL!

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation developed a simplified framework for student-centered education. It shows that the four tenets of student-centered approaches to learning are: personalized learning; competency-based learning; anytime, anywhere learning; and student-owned learning. Implementing these four tenets lead to deeper learning, this ushers in 'knowledge, skills, and dispositions to succeed in college, career, and civic life.' See, I told you that social and emotional learning is a significant part of student-centered learning. What a wonderful way to keep students first and make learning personally engaging.

For additional information about student-centered approaches to learning, check out Putting Students at the Center.

Have a great day, and Happy Learning!

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