Created by a college professor, this short video offers learning strategies teachers can adopt to help their students build independent learning skills. Included are the basics of a quality independent learning lesson along with examples of assignments teachers can easily utilize.
This is a literature review focused on independent learning. Through research, it provides information on independent learning and its potential impact on students including heightened motivation and improved management of their learning. This review suggests a variety of external and internal elements that influence the success of independent learning methods and stresses the importance of the teacher's role.
This article gets straight the point in giving ideas on how teachers can lead a classroom of independent learners. It suggests teachers' roles are more important than ever and more complex in their responsibilities as they assume positions as facilitators, mentors, coaches and guides.
A great link that provides ideas and materials on how to build a framework and mindset for students in becoming independent learners. There are five different independent learning activities shown through this resource. A description as well as an illustration is provided, so you get a clear picture of how the activity works. The Ski Slope Learning Activity would be a great one to implement in a classroom with a variety of learning abilities.
Encouraging students to be independent learners isn't as easy as it sounds. There are many things to consider and actions to be taken that aren't naturally comfortable or even intrinsic as the leader of the classroom. While this article is a short read, it offers some worthwhile ideas for promoting independent learning. I highly suggest you read it. It'll be a good way for you to gauge your success of creating this learning atmosphere wherever you are teaching.