The Key Theories For Independent Learning In The Classroom
First, it does not have to take place outside of a classroom or involve zero teacher intervention. Independent learning can and does frequently occur inside a classroom with teacher oversight. Second, independent learning can involve multiple students engaging with one another. In fact, research has proven this to be an ideal methodology for independent learning. Finally, when students are working independently, we don 't mean that the teacher is off on a coffee break. Independent learning shifts the responsibility for the learning process onto the student. The teacher 's role is changed from imparting facts to supporting the students as they work to discover the facts on their own.
When designing and implementing independent learning in the classroom there are three key factors:
• It is vital that activities are linked to standards-based curricula and purposefully designed. A teacher can 't just break up students into groups and let them try to work independently. Instead, there needs to be careful planning to ensure students will be guided and supported in meeting curricular standards.
• Second, activities need to have some method of accountability for the students. This applies to in-class and home-based independent learning. Teacher and parental supervision are excellent, but peer-checking can also work as well as having students document in a journal when and what they worked …show more content…
Take advantage of this by allowing students to play educational games, digital simulations, or watching educational videos. They may think they 're taking a break from learning, but you know better!
• Student Choice
One of the best ways to encourage student buy-in on their own education is to let them take control. Allowing the student to pick from a list of topics and come up with their own creative way of learning about it can be a great way to break up the monotony. The major challenge in this methodology can be grading against a rubric, which has to be very open-ended when you may have 20 or more individualized projects.
Independent learning is a self-guided process wherein the learning works to expand their knowledge and skills. The goal of independent learning is to shift the learning process to the students, making them active participants with the teacher providing guidance and structure. We established three components of successful independent learning exercises: standards-based curricula, accountability, and organization. Finally, we covered a few of the more common strategies, including cooperative learning, debates, role-playing, peer teaching, virtual lessons, and student