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Support for Self-Directed Learning

By offering students greater control over the learning experience, personalized approaches also shift greater initiative and responsibility to the student for managing, assessing, and progressing. Learning activities are undertaken with the guidance of teachers rather than at the direction of. The transition to self-directed learning often requires significant supports and scaffolding as students “learn how to learn” in new ways.

Support for Self-Directed Learning Strategies in Action

Marzanos Practice

Holmes Elementary School

Marzano's Practice

Student Driven Self-Assessment

Clamshell

Wheatley Education Campus

Clamshell

Attention grabber and time saver

3 Before Me

Wheatley Education Campus

3 Before Me

Utilizing peer support to build culture and agency

Green Lanyards

Alpha Public Schools

Green Lanyards

Giving students leadership roles to build culture and collaboration

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Pleasant View Elementary School

Supporting Student-Initiated Assessment

"Low-tech" system to prompt assessments without interrupting learning of group

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Pleasant View Elementary School

Structures for Supporting Self-Directed Learning

Meeting a variety of students’ needs through norms and extra supports

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Pleasant View Elementary School

Graduated Student Content Choice in Personalized Learning Plans

Providing more choice to students as their skills grow

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Lindsay High School

Supports for Pacing

Multiple opportunities to help Learners stay on-pace

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Lindsay High School

Capacity Matrix as a Pacing Guide

Providing pacing expectations to help Learners better understand their relative progress

Chart of student names and progress across objectives

Lindsay High School

Capacity Matrix

Providing an explicit learning agenda to guide Learners through each learning unit

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LPS Richmond

Tiered Student Supports

Multiple non-teacher support options to increase ownership of student learning

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LPS Richmond

Class Competitions

Unit and daily goal-completion competitions to engage and motivate students

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LPS Richmond

Common Launch

Opening class with shared problem solving to create a culture focused on growth

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Roots Elementary

Defaulting to Individual Playlists

Creating rules in the calendar app to ensure students are always learning in a personalized way...

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Roots Elementary

Assigned Staff to Lead Independent Work Time

Habits of Success teachers to monitor independent work to free up content experts

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Roots Elementary

Common Behavior Management Techniques

Using multiple systems to monitor, share, and support student behavior

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Roots Elementary

Habits of Success Class

Teaching socio-emotional skills to improve students’ lives and school culture

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ReNEW DTA Academy

Pacing Prompts

Motivating students to attempt more challenging learning objectives

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ReNEW DTA Academy

Emphasizing Assessment Readiness

Students initiate assessments to improve their chances of success

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ReNEW DTA Academy

Student Support Structures

Creating a structure of supports to help struggling students

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ReNEW DTA Academy

Norms and Routines Focused on Growth

Creating a class culture to promote student growth beyond academic grades

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CICS West Belden

Defaulting to Independent Learning Time

Shared expectation to keep students on task

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Student Choice of Learning Pathway and Pace

Students can choose to take a diagnostic assessment prior to tackling a topic....

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Enrichment Academies

Pleasant View Elementary students participate in multi-age, project-based...

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Flexible Working Groups

Teachers group students based on need and provide targeted instruction.

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Multi-Pronged Student Support Structure

Students have a number of resources they can turn to for support.

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Student Choice of Work Partners

Students can work independently, with a partner, or in a group.

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Customized Playlists to Keep Learners on Track

Facilitators create playlists aligned with learning standards.

Photo of two students working at table
Student Choice of Learning Pathway and Pace

Students can choose to take a diagnostic assessment prior to tackling a topic....

Photo of reading coach
Enrichment Academies

Pleasant View Elementary students participate in multi-age, project-based...

Photo of classroom with multiple groups of students working at tables with teachers
Flexible Working Groups

Teachers group students based on need and provide targeted instruction.

Photo of teacher working with small group of seated students
Multi-Pronged Student Support Structure

Students have a number of resources they can turn to for support.

Photo of two students working together on laptops and in conversation
Student Choice of Work Partners

Students can work independently, with a partner, or in a group.

Photo of group of students seated at table working on laptops
Customized Playlists to Keep Learners on Track

Facilitators create playlists aligned with learning standards.