7 Things That Happen When Students Own Their Learning

7 Things That Happen When Students Own Their Learning

November 29, 2019 6 By Stanley Isaacs


We know that it’s important to move from
compliance to student engagement but what happens when we take it a step
further and empower our students to own their learning? Well here are seven ideas.
They fall in love with learning by finding joy in pursuing their passions
and geeky interests. And in the process, they learn how to research and curate
and communicate. They embrace a maker mindset as they walk through a design
process and launch their work to the world. They develop iterative thinking,
viewing mistakes as a chance to learn This leads to a shift from a fixed
mindset to a growth mindset. They become self-starters exploring new frontiers
asking hard questions and trying new things. They become problem solvers and
systems thinkers but they also challenge the system as hackers who think
divergently and rewrite the rules. They become architects of their own learning,
engaging in project management and collaboration. A.J. Juliani puts it this
way: Our job is not to prepare students for something. Our job is to help
students prepare themselves for anything. In other words, when we empower our
students, they are able to own their learning
forever