I often get asked about tips for helping students build self-direction skills. Teachers commonly enter the world of student-led learning inspired and confident but quickly discover that many of their students are unable to self-direct, and that can be frustrating not just for you but for your students as well.
A student-led learning classroom environment looks different than a traditional learning setting, including the teacher's role.
But what does that look like?
If you’ve been following along with my self-directed learning series, you know how fantastic it can be for both students and teachers. The desire is there to get students out of their seats and engaged in activities and learning experiences that they care about.
How nice would it be to have a student come to you and say that they want to learn more about this or that? That, my friend, is what student-led learning gets you; the desire to learn.
But what does that look like? What is an example of self-directed learning at play? Let’s take a look at some real examples of self-directed learning in the classroom and at home that will make you want to get started right now!
To provide innovative educational resources for educators, parents, and students, that go beyond lecture and worksheets.
Sara Segar, experiential life-science educator and advisor, curriculum writer, and mother of two.