Self-directed learning is a big concept. But in the right (little) hands, it can produce the amazing.
When children are given the opportunity to participate in choosing how and what they learn, they offer valuable insight. Further, they are able to pursue knowledge in a manner that they find interesting. Increased interest leads to increased engagement, and self-motivation. Motivated students are more successful and more intrinsically inclined to persevere. Self-directed students understand the value of initiative, realize the importance of self-assessment, and are afforded opportunities to develop self-efficacy and self-confidence.
These are the type of learners who do not wait to be taught, but jump into the sea of knowledge and intentionally pursue the information they seek.
At Grace and Hope, we want to give your student the opportunity to adventure into self-directed learning. Instead of teaching at our students, we want to discover with our students.
What does self-directed learning look like at Grace and Hope Academy?
It begins with a student-centered schedule.
Student ability and achievement assessments are used to create a curriculum that is individually designed to meet each student’s specific needs. In addition, student projects, assignments and informal self-assessments are regularly evaluated and reviewed to assess for understanding and afford opportunities for personal reflection. Assessment results and other data can be used to guide necessary curricular adjustments or changes.
In addition, students will have the flexibility to choose specific activities and assignments that fulfill the grading requirements through learning Quests. This allows students to utilize a variety of media, demonstrate a wide array of ability, and reinforce skills in innovating and engaging ways, in each course.
At each step, students will be expected to be an important voice and participant in the decision-making process. We believe that when students:
- are empowered with responsibility
- are encouraged to make choices
- have responsibility modeled for them
- have respect demonstrated to them
- taught and expected to think critically
- taught and expected to plan thoughtfully
- and are rewarded for their initiative and responsible decision-making
they will be encouraged to achieve success.
Parents are every child’s first teacher. That shouldn’t stop at the door of the schoolhouse. It certainly won’t stop at the doors of Grace and Hope Academy.
Please stop by our Parents Are Priceless page for more information about the vital roles our parents play.