Teaching Students to Drive Their Learning
A Playbook on Engagement and Self-Regulation, K-12
- Douglas Fisher - San Diego State University, USA
- Nancy Frey - San Diego State University, USA
- Sarah Ortega
- John Hattie - The University of Melbourne, Australia
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The honest truths, tools, and teaching that lead to student engagement
High levels of engagement—it’s not an impossible dream. But to attain it we need to focus on what galvanizes learning, and ensure we are offering the tools and mindsets with which students can lean in. In this playbook, an ace team of educators give us the goods to guide self-starting learners.
Nine modules show us how to:
- Cohere standards, success criteria, tasks, and goals so students can travel clear pathways
- Offer tools that allow learners to recognize the gap between their current performance and the expected performance, and select strategies to close that gap
- Talk with students about engagement as a continuum, and that there are actions they can take to heighten their buy-in to any endeavor
- Stress-test our lesson plans to ensure students can discuss, debate, create and problem-solve around highly relevant content
- Use lots of low-stakes assessment and feedback routines to develop effective collaboration that doesn’t depend on us.
Our job as teachers is to guide learning experiences that build knowledge and self-efficacy. But from there, we need to stay on the sidelines and let students play. Only then will they develop the muscle to persevere, the strategic actions to excel, and the confidence to make our curriculum the springboard of their own dreams and goals.
Teaching Students to Drive their Learning is a timely playbook that gives educators the research and tools to support student agency in learning. Through seamlessly integrating research-based practices into clear actions that teachers can quickly implement in their classrooms, this book is a must-read for all.
The newest Corwin playbook is one that should be in the library of every educator who strives to accelerate the learning of their students. Through clever analogies and real-world examples, this book creates a clear path paved, including strategies to teach students to take ownership of their own learning and become life-long learners who seek challenges and thrive on their own growth.
It's a practical guide to developing the qualities of self-driven learners in your students and promoting a classroom culture that allows the teacher to confidently let their students take on challenges and effectively become their own teacher.
This is a great read for all educators! It really speaks to how we, as educators, need to help students become responsible for their own learning. Students truly need to know what to do when they don’t know what to do!
This playbook is a great refresher for experienced teachers on ways that they can support students who are having difficulty finding success in the classroom. It’s a gentle nod and a great reminder of best practices that all teachers can benefit from.
Since implementing Visible Learning practices, we have made great strides as a school district. We have embedded the use of learning intentions and success criteria in our classrooms and made them visible, utilizing them to guide instruction, and referencing them as the basis for assessment and reflection. Our students now understand what they are learning, how they know when they’ve learned it, and where they need to go next.