20 Signs that you are a Student-Centered Teacher (or do you prefer facilitator?)

  1. You devote significant time helping students learn how to learn.
  2. You pride yourself on being the one to bring the conversation back to, “What is best for the learners?”
  3. You realize that the only non-negotiable in a learning environment is the learner, not the teacher.
  4. You may like educational technologies, but you demand evidence that they are actually helping improve individual student learning.
  5. You like to point out that you teach students, not content.
  6. You know strengths and challenges of each learner in your class.
  7. You think about those strengths and challenges when you are planning lessons, often as much or more than the content.
  8. You choose strategies that are sometimes difficult or uncomfortable for you because you know that they are helping learners.
  9. You are also constantly looking for new strategies and teaching and learning “possibilities” that will help individual learners.
  10. You measure success of a lesson or unit by the success of individual learners (What did they learn?).
  11. You live to eradicate bell curves. If you saw a bell curve in your class, you would wonder what you did wrong.
  12. Your students both ask and answer more questions than you.
  13. Student questions are often not even directed at you.
  14. You value and respond to student comments about what and how they learn.
  15. You act like a learning detective, persistently scanning the classroom for signs of learning and struggles.
  16. You talk to individual learners and small groups of learners more than you talk to the entire class.
  17. You measure your success by the work of the students more than your own work.
  18. You might even consider student portfolios to be a better measure of your success than your own resume.
  19. You love it when your students don’t need or depend upon you in order to learn.
  20. You assess much more than you grade…and you know the difference.
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About Bernard Bull

Dr. Bernard Bull is an author, host of the MoonshotEdu Show, professor of education, AVP of Academics, and Chief Innovation officer. Some of his books include Missional Moonshots: Insights and Inspiration for Educational Innovation, What Really Matters: Ten Critical Issues in Contemporary Education, The Pedagogy of Faith (editor), and Adventures in Self-Directed Learning. He is passionate about futures in education, educational innovation, alternative education, and nurturing agency and curiosity.