Central to delivering student-centered education is the continuous feedback loop reflected in the NISCE Instructional model. Thoughtful assessment guides developmentally appropriate differentiated instruction, which promotes student engagement which in turn leads to success as defined for each individual student. Positive and supportive school relationships permeate and sustain each element of the model.
In Part 1 of 6, we offer brief tips to help individuals and schools support a true focus on student-centered education, one that is full of knowledge sharing, intentional relationships, balanced assessment, student support, teacher support, and effective leadership.
Part 1: Four Ways to Support Strong, Intentional Relationships in Schools
1. Support, encourage and celebrate ways in which staff and students and teachers can build meaningful relationships within the context of the school.
2. Discuss and analyze the ways conflicts between a teacher and a student are addressed and whether they are taken seriously in your school. Treat such conflicts as an obstacle that should be addressed and work to find an answer that considers and is respectful of that student’s needs
3. Listen to the student’s voice so that when conflict arises the student is encouraged to move towards a more mature perspective.
4. Move beyond a belief that it is the student’s primary job to figure out how to get along with and adapt to the teacher; find ways to encourage the teachers to figure out how to engage each student.