Students enjoy learning when what they’re learning matters to them. In student-centred learning, students’ interest drives education. Student-centred learning, gives students the opportunity to decide two things: what material they learn and how they learn it. For us this is an individual and group experience, as learning is much more enjoyable when we learn together with others.
In our community a large part of the time is given over to topic-based learning. Together students and teachers decide what topic they are going to study and then create a scheme of work that reflects and embraces the interests and passions of the group. We also have a class called Students Decide where anyone can follow their individual interest or work together with others and what they wish. Students learn to problem solve, communicate their ideas to their fellow students and teachers and evaluate their own progress as they go. Teachers help guide this process. Children learn to be independent learners form an early age, preparing them for further education and giving them the skills to be life-long learners able to problem solve in whatever they choose to do in the future.