Standard I. Teaching for Learning

“Candidates are effective teachers who demonstrate knowledge of learners and learning
and who model and promote collaborative planning, instruction in multiple literacies, and inquiry-based learning, enabling members of the learning community to become effective users and creators of ideas and information. Candidates design and implement instruction that engages students’ interests and develops their ability to inquire, think critically, gain and share knowledge.” quoted from ALA.org

used with permission from artist Ryan Alexander-Tanner

This picture illustrates perfectly the chaos and the beauty of a learner centered classroom. It was drawn by Ryan Alexander Tanner. I see some students drawing, some collaborating, some creating, some alone, some creating, and all are thinking.

Learner centered teaching is flexible to allow each child to acquire knowledge in a way that works best for them.