An Annotation by Laurie Walsh
The chapter is a fabulously detailed and thoughtful discussion of six methods to create a student-centered classroom:
- integrative units,
- small-group activities,
- classroom workshop,
- authentic experiences and
- reflective assessment.
Each approach is thoroughly discussed, and there are suggested further readings for each. Unlike many of the other authors, Zemelman does acknowledge that we still need whole-class instruction at times. He offers methods for improving teacher-directed lessons: reading aloud, mini-lessons, and demonstrations.
Zemelman, S., et.al. (1998). Classroom structures for best practice. Best practice: new standards for teaching and learning in America’s schools. Retrieved June 16, 2008 from ProQuest database.