Thursday, September 18, 2014

Self-Directed Learners

It's not even a month into the school year, yet it is so impressive to see the routines and independence so well-established in the classrooms. In just a few short weeks, the children in grades K-5 have learned to work both independently and cooperatively at a variety of learning centers. Children are deeply immersed in reading, writing, using technology, playing educational games and creating visual representations. Taking turns, sharing, problem-solving, and offering encouragement, praise and constructive feedback are becoming the norms of collaborative student interactions in the classrooms as teachers provide individualized instruction and assessments to small groups of students. It is so rewarding to be part of a school community where the students can internalize a sense of ownership and responsibility in their learning. This intrinsic love of learning will benefit them throughout their entire lives!


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