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Student-centered pedagogy

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Danica Savonick

on 10 August 2015

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Transcript of Student-centered pedagogy

High Stakes
Interactive, Experiential Learning
Student-Centered Content
Collaborative Learning and CUNY
“Kenneth A. Bruffee...dates modern interest in collaborative learning to the universities' open-admission policies of the 1970s.
Individualistic teaching methods proved ineffective for the new population of nontraditional university students, whereas collaborative pedagogies such as peer tutoring answered their needs.

- Rebecca Moore Howard

Student-centered pedagogy
Open Admissions at CUNY
“It was quite amazing...we thought that if we could make
come to City College that probably we could have an impact on the concept and perhaps even the practice of public education through the country.”
- June Jordan, 1994
Low Stakes
Student-Designed Rubrics
Peer Review
What could peer review look like in a chemistry class? A math class?
Blogs and Student-led Class Discussion
Assignment design by Wendy Tronrud
2-3 bloggers each class
Task: analyzed assigned readings and come up with discussion questions
All other students comment on blog posts
In class, bloggers present their posts and lead class discussion
What does student-led learning look like in a computer science class? With online learning?

What role could blogs play?

Collaborative Homework
From Roderick Ferguson,
The Reorder of Things
“It seems to me that one of the basic concerns of any program must be to try to help entering students
discover a new relationship to learning.
The most thoughtfully prepared, witty or provocative lecture cannot do this (and I heard some of all three during the semester....) As I listened, and as I observed students’ ways of listening or non-listening, and as I talked later with students in my own classroom and heard questions raised that had gone unspoken in the lectures, I became more and more convinced that although the lecture as art form and social event may still have a place in the university,
the first needs of our freshman are for something else—for a kind of classroom in which students find themselves having to learn for themselves, and to teach each other, more than they have ever been asked to do
. The value of this is not merely to “increase participation” but to break, once and for all, the modes and patterns which 12 years of public or parochial education have left as their legacy. When he/she can get rid of that legacy, the student can approach the lecture or the textbook or any other medium with an entirely different relationship.
He will no longer accept it passively as an agent acting upon his mind, but as one of many materials on which his mind can act.”
- Adrienne Rich, 1972
Field Notes from the Classroom
Danica Savonick, Michelle Gabay, and Hallie Scott
"What are the interests, goals, aims, purposes, passions of these students?"
- Carl R. Rogers
A collaborative assignment should be one that is best accomplished by a group rather than an individual.

Requires multiple areas of expertise
("collaboration by difference")
- bringing together divergent perspectives

Adapted from Rebecca Moore Howard, "Collaborative Pedagogy."

I have always liked this picture of Angela Davis and Toni Morrison. I could have just as easily posted a picture of Angela Davis as an image representing power or the iconic Afro because there is something amazing and powerful about that hair and I don’t think a Black woman has worn an Afro quite like Angela Davis. She, a black woman presenting in all her strength in a time when Blacks had no voice; when Black women had even less of a voice. The Afro symbolized a movement – a struggle for freedom from oppression. But, for me the picture of these two talented women (both with Afros) walking together shows me so much more and expresses power in this representation of their friendship – their shared struggles, literary accomplishments, academic achievements, sisterhood and their ability to inspire within a political movement and the literary world. This image for me is a far reaching and powerful example of Black womanhood.
Class Instagram
Collaborative Timeline
Student-Generated Study Guide
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