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3 student-centered learning activities to use in the classroom

Why is student-centered learning important?

Student-centered learning invites students to be part of the planning, implementation, assessments, and overall decision-making process when it comes to what they learn. Giving students agency and choice in what they do helps students set their own goals, reflect on misconceptions, learn to problem solve, and become better advocates for themselves.

3 student-centered learning activities to use in the classroom

Rigorous and standards-aligned, Flocabulary’s 1,300+ video-based lessons with activities support vocabulary acquisition and comprehension skills across K-12 subjects. These high-quality videos captivate students and create an impactful and memorable learning experience by harnessing the power of hip-hop music, visual art, storytelling, humor, drama, and poetry. Each video-based lesson includes a suite of instructional activities that provide additional practice and exposures at varying levels of rigor to scaffold instruction.

Flocabulary combines the best of teacher-initiated instruction and student-centered strategies. Here are a few ways to support student choice and agency with Flocabulary.

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1. Assign vocabulary activities as independent work or homework

When students choose what they engage with on their own, they feel empowered to make decisions about their learning and self-reflect on what they learned or where they might need help. Flocabulary’s signature vocabulary activities help students deepen their knowledge of content, Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary, and work at their own pace and level. Each activity builds deeper mastery of vocabulary terms over time and can help students work at their own level. Unlock comprehension through vocabulary acquisition across the curriculum by using hip-hop as a teaching tool for vocabulary repetition.

Teaching vocabulary with Vocab Card for student centered approaches

Here are a few student-centered examples of independent work:

  • Reviewing the hip-hop lesson video
  • Playing the Vocab Game to practice vocabulary use
  • Drawing or writing examples of terms with Vocab Cards
  • Checking their understanding of the Quiz
  • Practicing deep mastery and use with questions about terms pulled from text passages in Read & Respond
  • Using Lyric Lab to show what they know with poetry or rap about a concept using its vocabulary terms

Allow students to explore and choose what parts of a Flocabulary lesson are most interesting to them or work at their level. With a school or district account, teachers can assign a lesson or particular activities to students to work on as a part of centers, stations, rotations, independent work, or homework. Teachers can assign all the additional vocabulary activities in a lesson to students and allow them to choose 2 or 3 that meet their educational needs.

2. Allow students to listen to music that’s educational and relatable

Students love listening to music while they work. Instead of YouTube, teachers can give students this option through Flocabulary. Teachers can create a list of videos students have already used in class and suggest these as something to listen to while working independently.

This student-centered learning example allows students to have a choice in how they learn in the classroom while listening to music through Flocabulary to reinforce vocabulary they’ve already learned. Music can also support teaching social and emotional learning skills to your students.

3. Support student creativity

Lyric Lab student-centered learning example

Student choice and agency when learning is important for student engagement and motivation. Lyric Lab gives students the agency to create and show what they know about a concept or vocabulary in an engaging way.

Through Lyric Lab, students use assigned vocabulary words from a lesson to write either a poem or rap. They can set the rap to a beat built right into Flocabulary. Lyric Lab also has a built-in rhyme generator to support students in selecting their favorite rhymes as they write. 

Students can work together in small groups to create poems or raps or independently, depending on student needs. Teachers can turbocharge student-centered approaches by hosting a classroom rap battle or poetry slam to give students an opportunity to perform their creations and meet speaking and listening K-12 standards.

Start using Flocabulary for student-centered learning activities

Flocabulary’s video-based lessons create emotional connections by harnessing the power of music, as well as visual art, storytelling, humor, drama, and poetry. Our high-quality videos captivate students and make the learning experience memorable and interesting, which supports student-centered learning strategies and authentic engagement.

New to Flocabulary? Sign up below to access the activities and lessons in this article!