What helps learners become more self-directed and responsible for their own learning? This toolkit provides strategies that develop the learners’ capacity for managing, monitoring, and modifying their workflow — fundamental to self-direction.
Tool 1: Organizing and Planning for Learning
Organizing learning experiences requires knowing more about what conditions affect your behavior. This document walks the reader through two processes: the first provides pathways for learners to discover planning and organizational habits. The second guides learners to apply what they uncover as they plan their day or week.
Tool 2: Managing Projects
Project is a broad term that also can represent a range of assessments such as performances, inquiry tasks, or prototype development. This practice provides learners with a set of questions and a related graphic organizer to help manage workflow.
Tool 3: Strategies for Learners to Monitor and Examine Work in Progress
Four self-monitoring strategies for the ongoing examination of work in progress. Each strategy is designed for learners to be accountable to themselves for taking responsibility for their work in progress.
Tool 4: Strategies for Learners to Engage in Feedback Conferences
Four strategies– each organized around the learner’s questions, challenges, and perspectives– designed to function as checkpoints during the ongoing work for a project. Using these practices grows the learner’s voice and helps deepen thinking as learners develop a project.
Tool 5: Reflecting on Learning
This practice uses questioning strategies to prompt reflection on practices from two perspectives: during the process of learning and upon completion of the project.
Tool 6: Documenting Instructional Moves You Make with the Three Selfies: Self-Managing, Self-Monitoring, Self-Modifying
Self-Managing, Self-Monitoring, and Self-Modifying serve as three categories in pursuit of growing self-direction. This practice encourages the collection and documentation of ideas around these three “selfies” that you may find online, learn about in professional study, design with colleagues, and/or co-create with your learners.