Child-Centred Learning

Child-Centred Learning

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.

"I like being able to chose what I learn and that we all get excited about our topic and bring together our ideas and the things we love."
Student
9yrs

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 within that students self-direct with freedom to do their own research and follow their own paths of interest. 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, but the content, timing, and motivation is down to students themselves. 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.