Dependent learners Independent learners • rely heavily on the teacher • are self-reliant • cannot make decisions about their learning • can make informed decisions about their learning • do not know their own strengths and weaknesses • are aware of their strengths and weaknesses • do not connect classroom learning with the real world • connect classroom learning with the real world • think that the teacher is wholly responsible for their learning • take responsibility for their own learning· know about different strategies for learning • do not know the best way to learn something • plan their learning and set goals • do not set learning goals· will only work when extrinsic motivators such as grades or rewards are offered • are intrinsically motivated by making progress in learning • do not reflect on how well they are learning and the reasons • often reflect on the learning process and their own progress Ownership of their learning Time for talk and collaborative work Time to ask questions and seek solutions Time to find out things for themselves Time to reflect ‘Close the gap’ Time for children to choose their own next steps Establish what the children already know about a topic, what they want to learn about and how they are going to learn. This gives them ownership but develops a relevant starting point for the class- developing self efficiency, self motivation and self esteem. Think about the questions the children ask as well as the answers which they give. Plan-do-review What helps us to learn? Drinking water Working in pairs Concentrating Listening to the teacher Asking for help Playing Knowing what to do What stops us from learning? Not coming to school Chatting to a neighbour Having a bad memory Being distracted Disturbances Lack of help Being rushed How much do you agree or disagree with these statements? (1= Strongly disagree, 2= Disagree, 3= Agree, 4= Strongly agree) A) I know what to do when I get stuck with my work? B) I can concentrate for a long time without being distracted C) I can always plan my work carefully D) I don’t mind if I make a mistake E) I know where to go to find things out F) I often ask myself ‘What might happen if….?’ G) I’m good at learning with other people. H) I’m good at picking up the main points at the end of the lesson Child led topic Plan involves independent research Children then create their independent piece, using their chosen medium – adult support where needed Review their project with a view to evaluate the success of their learning. An exclusive, personalised learning resource for the children. The teacher sets an open ended task which the children can address in anyway they like, using their preferred learning style. So they might create an information poster, they may write a story or they could make a model and take photographs of how they go to the end result.