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The action research project took place in my seventh grade mathematics classroom and involved the study of how student directed learning impacts the ability of students in the middle level to learn mathematics. This research project uncovered issues in student learning and self-discipline of the students, as well as classroom management skills that were not readily apparent in a teacher-centered middle level mathematics classroom. As a result of this action research project, my future seventh grade mathematics students will continue to have an increased role in the educational process to which they are an audience. The student-centered learning environment seems to create more responsibility for certain students and somewhat of a disengagement in others within the same class. With an increased awareness on the part of the educator in the classroom, engagement of all students will become the goal in the future.