How does 4D Learning work in the classroom?
Traditionally, classrooms followed a teacher centric model. Most of the talking and thinking was done by the teacher and, consequently, the teacher centric model leans toward more passive students. Yes, of course there will be some learning, but most of burden falls on the student to engage themselves, pay attention, and then hopefully learn. There is no deliberate intent to create a learning environment where the students are the more active thinking participants in classroom.
A student centric model deliberately builds a student engagement process in the lesson. By creating a relevant, thoughtful, and dynamic learning experience, students will interact with each other, the teacher, and the content. With practice, the students will create a culture of thinking, nurtured by the learning environment. Now, as engaged students, they are learning and gaining deeper understanding.
A student centric or learner-centered classroom has also been described by some at the 21st Century Classroom. This chart, provided by GAHS-Math, provides a related description and perspective.
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