We had the opportunity to meet up three times this year to look at how to make students more independent in their learning.
On our first session, we discussed the factors that influence and promote independence among students:
1 – Environment:
2 – Space
3 – Time
4 – Resources
5 – Teacher support
6 – Relationships – Move from teacher to facilitator
- Organisation and multitasking
- Time keeping
If we make available the external factors, and promote the internal skills, we can move from spoon feeding the learning to becoming learning facilitators, where students use the resources available to them, and can identify what they need to do to make progress.
We also discussed some strategies that had worked well in the classroom, shared some display resources that teachers can use to promote growth mind-set (see pictures), and suggested some activities for lessons.
On the second session, we talked about barriers to learning. We agreed that students expect too much from the teacher, and find it hard to be independent, mostly because they don’t know how to do it. We thought it would be a good idea to coach them on how to become more proactive in the classroom, so we requested to use one of the sessions of Year 7 Introduction to Churchill programme for this purpose.
The third meeting was used to design Year 7 Introduction to Churchill session. Students will be “locked in a room” and have to complete a series of tasks/quizzes in groups, in order to be released from the room. We are hoping they will all make it to the other side!