Unit 1: Lesson 2- For Teachers

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Lesson 2

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So what happens when students are resistant because:

1. The majority if not all of their other classrooms are teacher-centered?

2. Learning is not the #1 concern of students at school?

3. They would rather not take learning risks?

4. This approach does not align with their understanding of school?

5. They do not want to put forth the extra effort that this model asks of them?

Lesson Objective

After this lesson, you will be able to identify the attitudes and learner needs of your current students and identify reasons students may be resistant to learner-centered teaching.

Lesson 2- How can I Discover and Address Resistance in my Classroom?

1.) When asking students to take on a more active role in the classroom, what have you seen in response? Jot these initial thoughts down in the provided location in your teacher guide.

2.) Using the survey document 1A, poll your students on their current perceptions of their role in the classroom.

3.) Based on the results, count the totals to discover the highest areas of concern. Once you’ve totaled your results on the results document 1B.

4.) Follow the discover strategieslink in order to counter this student resistance specific to your classroom. (When you click on the link you will be transferred to a new website. Click the Back arrow on your browser to return to the course.)

You’ll be able to choose from basic recommendations or choose from the following scenarios:

• Students don’t want to learn actively

• Students are complaining

• Teacher lack of control

• Too much time

• Students don’t like group work

• Peer work is not taken seriously


5.) Complete the teacher guide with strategies that correlate with the needs in your classroom.

6.) Based on this lesson, write a reflection addressing your own concerns and the concerns of your student prior to implementing this model of instruction into your classroom.

7.) Share your reflection in the discussion space to see other teacher/student concerns of student-centered instruction. talk: Implementation Reflection and Ideas

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