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ASCD Author Carol Ann Tomlinson
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What Learner-Centeredness Is—or Ought to Be

At its core, learner-centeredness means placing the student at the heart of instructional practice and decision-making. It is not a teaching model but rather a set of principles and practices that should inform virtually all teaching models. It belongs in inquiry-focused classrooms, problem-based classrooms, project-based learning, community-based learning, classrooms centered on direct instruction, and most other approaches to teaching and learning as well. Learner-centeredness has implications for how we see ourselves as teachers, think about and relate to students, frame curriculum, use (and don't use) assessment, plan instruction, provide feedback, and think about concepts like equity, excellence, expectations, and empathy.

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Carol Ann Tomlinson is William Clay Parrish Jr. Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia's School of Education and Human Development. The author of more than 300 publications, she works throughout the United States and internationally with educators who want to create classrooms that are more responsive to a broad range of learners.

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So Each May Soar: The Principles and Practices of Learner-Centered Classrooms


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