3 steps towards developing independent learners

7/5/2015

Students succeed at learning when they are able to take responsibility for their own learning. When students are allowed to use their curiosity,they are often motivated to learn.
An example of this is when children in Ethiopia with no prior knowledge were given iPads. They quickly learnt how to operate them with no help.

 

 

Teachers can help students become independent by providing the right structures, strategies and tools.

Here are 3 ways a teacher can provide students with the means to become independent learners:

  1. Give clear and effective formative feedback. Find out more about effective formative feedback via this ebook ‘Checking for understanding: Formative assessment techniques for your classroom’ available to CEDP staff.

  2. Support students to develop Habits of Mind Students who have a range of learning dispositions such as persistence, flexibility, questioning etc will be better placed to succeed at learning. Edutopia’s Integrating the 16 Habits of Mind provides a good starting point for teachers to integrate this in their classroom.

  3. Provide a range of digital tools to assist in self-managed learning. Allow students to develop their own e-portfolio’s by creating a  blog, a Google site, Google Slide or an ebook via the Creative Book builder App.  Get them to note/ record their own understandings in Explain Everything on the iPad or via iMovie on the laptop.

Learning Exchange can provide support for schools to integrate technology in their classroom  We regularly run workshops and school based PD on Blogging, iPads, and Google Apps.

Contact lex@parra.catholic.edu.au

Posted By Lisa Nash at 7/05/2015 3:48:03 PM
 
   
  
 
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