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Students will develop a sense of self through building confidence in their abilities to become independent learners. They will also develop those strategies needed to communicate their ideas and knowledge of concepts taught.
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There are five basic steps in teaching children to become independent learners:
This activity is designed to help students develop a sense of self through building confidence in their abilities to become independent learners. It will develop those strategies needed to communicate their ideas and knowledge of concepts taught.
An independent learner is one who has developed a schema for learning, or who understands how s/he learns best. An independent learner has the ability to access cognitive and behavior strategies that make it easier to learn, remember, and relate what is learned. Strategic learning improves memories, including the ability to store and retrieve information. It increases student production and behavior, and heightens the level of the childs engagement in the learning process. Strategic learning promotes the development of the independent learner.
Although all children can benefit from this type of educational emphasis, children with learning difficulties will gain the most. Typically, they lack many of the important independent learning skills. They are not strategic in their approach to the learning task and consistently rely on others for help. Learning these strategies will help develop their sense of self.
1. Demonstrate a positive learning attitude.
3. Demonstrate responsible emotional and cognitive behaviors.
Invitation to Learn
Observation of student work on whiteboards is a good assessment of whether they understand the concept of visualization. Students become more proficient at visualizing and verbalizing each time practice activities are done. As observation occurs, record notes on paper to be placed in student portfolios. Evaluations and comparisons of notes taken can be made after each set of activities.
Beckman, P. & Weller, C (1990). Teaching Exceptional Children, 21/22, 26-29.
Active, independent learning for children with learning disabilities.
Leal, L., Crays, N., & Moely, B.E. (1985). Training Children to Use Self-monitoring Study Strategy in Preparation for Recalls: Maintenance and Generalization Effects. Child Development, 56(3). 643-653
Training children to use a self-monitoring study strategy in preparation for recall, maintenance, and generalization effects.