Is Student-Centered Learning Really Working?

October 10, 2019 By Sarah Williamson
Student-Centered Learning

We frequently hear educators speak about the benefits of individualizing instruction and creating student-centered educational models. Whether the focus is on personalized, blended, or virtual learning, the goal is to establish sustainable and equitable educational models that enable teachers to reach every student. But it’s still important to determine whether the content keeps students engaged and motivated.

Responding to the needs of struggling students with immediately available, embedded scaffolds and supports is one way an effective curriculum can help struggling students learn a skill or concept to help them master grade-level coursework. And online learning that builds and sustains motivation as students move into middle school can help keep them engaged. But what do the students using online curriculum have to say?

Abigail, a recent senior from Cabot School District in Arkansas, found online learning allowed her to truly focus on her work. “For me to be able to come to school and sit down and do my own work when everybody else around me is very quiet, I’m not as worried about what others have done. I feel like I’ve learned so much more and I’ve taken in so much more because I'm learning in a way that I can understand.”

Jervon, a senior at Pasco County Schools in Florida, said online courses helped him to build up his confidence. "Online learning has showed me that it's okay to be scared, but it's also okay to believe in yourself, and prove that you are worthy of doing these things. You can push yourself to the max and prove to people that you can become what you want to be."

Many students like Kyle, a senior at Kings Local School District in Ohio, struggled in the traditional classroom learning environment. “Online learning helped me a lot in the last two years of my life. You can get neglected in classes and teachers can't help you all the time."

According to Amy, a recent senior at Emmett J. Conrad High School in Texas, the online courses were not what she expected. "At first, I was nervous because this was my first time taking a course online, and it was not what I was expecting. It was more interactive and it was fun. It helped me a lot. After passing the TSI Assessment, I now feel comfortable taking college-level classes, and I feel like once I go to college, it's not going to be as hard as it might for someone who hasn't used Apex Learning."


Every Student Deserves a Path to Success

Apex Learning specializes in partnering with schools to meet the diverse learning needs of struggling students in grades 6 – 12. Schools and districts using Apex Learning digital curriculum consistently increase on-time graduation rates, lower dropout rates, and improve exam scores. Our proven digital curriculum, actionable data, and success services combine to support you in achieving your goals and ensuring your students are prepared for college, work, and life.

 

Link to a montage of student videos:

Oldie, but a goodie student video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6UUDnGxtkA&feature=youtu.be

Conrad: https://www.apexlearning.com/resources/video-gallery/customer-story-students-emmett-j-conrad-high-school

Mineral Point: https://www.apexlearning.com/resources/video-gallery/mineral-point-school-district-wi

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