Student’s Ability to be Self-Directed

Last fall a colleague from another district asked me if I could “recommend any professional resources that frame a student’s ability to be self-directed and establish learning targets that are consistent with self-regulated learning?”

Their team had done a fair amount of work on goal setting and on setting learning targets but came to recognize that goal-setting per se was not enough, especially if it was driven externally.

Here’s what I had to offer:

We are doing a lot of this self-regulated learning work (building as we go) with grade 6/7 at my current school. Check out these videos that show what we are working towards:

Student Blog Post: School of Awesomeness

Six Slides that describe our school

Much is still in the beginning stages as we work towards creating a culture in the school and building capacity in the students.

There are no shortage of resources about what and why but less about the how. Two I would recommend to start with are are:

Leaders of their Own Learning

Embedded Formative Assessment: chapter 7 pulls it all together with Students as Owners of their Own Learning. Some of my resources supporting this book

For examples of HOW you might want to check out the Discovery 1 school in New Zealand

All the stuff I’ve come across (local and international) has the formative assessment piece (see Dylan’s book above) as the foundation.

With that foundation one can shift the focus onto student ownership/SRL/SEL etc.

IMHO your team needs to see the formative assessment learning and practice as an ongoing piece that is continually refined —> the SRL is one way in which the formative assessment practices are refined.

BTW: your team will find both this Formative/Summative post by Anne Davies and these resources from Delta SD37 delta learns toolkit helpful

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About J Martens

Educator living and working in Vancouver BC Learning how formative assessment, literacy, inquiry, and technology serve to improve learning and increase engagement (for teachers & students).
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One Response to Student’s Ability to be Self-Directed

  1. bcphysics says:

    Thanks for the post. SD37 is lucky! The void in my neighbourhood just got a bit larger.
    The Discovery 1 links are broken FWIW.

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