Leadership

Learner-driven learning in classrooms

Everyone accepts that the goal of ‘independent learners’ is what education should be about. Yet teaching for independent learning is incredibly rare and goes right against teachers’ current implicit values and practice. Chris Watkins outlines a pathway to a new pedagogy.


Try this activity with a class you know. Ask them all to point an index finger at the ceiling. Tell them that you are going to ask them a question, and when they have come up with their answer to the question they should then point their finger at the answer. The question is “Who is responsible for your learning?”.

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