Designing Your Student Centered Community
August 15, 22, and 29 2022
Student centered classrooms are becoming more of a necessity after students had the opportunity to design so much of their learning at home in virtual or hybrid models. The student centered classroom shifts the focus from the teacher to the student by increasing the students’ voices in their learning and environment with the goal of increasing student autonomy, independence, and engagement. In a student centered classroom, students become more active participants in their education and develop into life-long learners, and improve their problem solving, relationship, and collaboration skills. In this 3-part series, learn from first hand accounts of how creating a student-centered classroom rejuvenated everyone involved.
Session #1 - The First Days
During this session, Nicole will share how intentionally planning those first 72 hours with students will set up your classroom for the year using various strategies to build relationships, routines, and rituals.
Session #2 - The First Month
During this session, Nicole will explain taking the next steps to create your student-centered learning environment. Using consistency, relationship building, student observations, and goal setting with reflection, learn how to increase student agency with their learning.
Session #3 - But..now what?
In this session, Nicole will share ideas on how to increase student agency and ownership in their classroom community with social and academic activities.
Nicole Mashock has 17 years of experience in public education in which she has enjoyed working as a middle school Business Education Teacher, an instructional technology coach, and a founder and teacher at a 6-12, STEM project based learning charter school where she specialized in literacy-based instruction. Currently, she is a 6-12 Instructional Coach for the Winneconne Community School District located in Wisconsin.
Nicole is an instructional leader who focuses on meeting the diverse needs of all learners. Through professional learning workshops in multiple areas and individual and team coaching, she creates opportunities for others to learn about research based strategies and develop plans to use these practices in the classroom. Nicole has extensive experience in building community and relationships with students, developing student agency in the classroom, differentiation and social emotional learning, standards and target based grading, and literacy practices. She is an innovative practitioner and learner who wants to support teachers in finding their unique strengths to