No Drama: Student-centered Pedagogy

Deborah Belknap’s Theater Arts class is working with the community theater to stage a production of Miracle on 34th Street. Right now, the class is busy creating props for the set.

Even though the play is the thing that mirrors reality, Ms. Belknap’s teaching style is about as real-world as it gets. Surely, her curriculum lends itself to such pedagogy. However, we’ve been talking a long time about these winning characteristics in classrooms across the curriculum.

Here’s what I saw in a 90-minute observation of her class—

Active Learners

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Experts from the Field

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Small Group Facilitation

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Individualized Instruction

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More Experts from the Field

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Sequencing toward Unification

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Formative Assessment

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Self-Directed Learners

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Sage on the Stage?

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Peer Assessment

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Guide on the Side

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Presentation of Student Products

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Cheerleader

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Orchestrator

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STUDENT SUCCESS

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