My 7 Principles for Learners

I base my instruction on seven principles that I hold for learners.

  1. Independent: Students are in charge of their own learning
    1. Give choices for learning activities
    2. Emphasize meta-cognition: students reflect on their learning and process
    3. High expectations: helps student gain confidence and belief that they can learn and achieve
    4. Gradually release support (always scaffold): guided practice to independent practice
  2. Self-motivated: Students want to learn
    1. Activities build on prior knowledge and meaningful to students' lives
    2. Partners of learning: their individual efforts are essential
    3. Model enthusiasm: share interests and passions and relate them to learning
  3. Life-long Learners: Learning is a process that never ends
    1. Articulate and model process of learning and help students become aware of their own learning
    2. Allow students to take on independent study and learn through their own interests
    3. Document and reflect: Student's chart progress of learning to see growth and reveal learning process
  4. Curiosity: Students want to know about the world around them
    1. Make lessons engaging
    2. Ask questions and let students ask questions
    3. Use discovery and hands-on learning
    4. Connect lessons to real life and other subjects
  5. Problem-solvers: Students critically think
    1. Create an environment where students feel free to make mistakes and learn from them
    2. Allow for various situations to take place: allow time for creativity and imagination
    3. Ask students to solve everyday occurrences: ex. "How can we become focused faster?"
    4. Allow students to have success: model and then let students break down a problem into steps
  6. Responsible: Every student is vital
    1. Students should help maintain and organize learning materials
    2. Keep high expectations for all academic and social responsibility
    3. Have a clear structure with routines, rules, and procedures
    4. Stay consistent
  7. Identity with Belonging: Students can be themselves
    1. Make learning global: allow students to learn about others
    2. Celebrate diversity: share experiences, traditions, and stories
    3. Reflect: allow students time to reflect on themselves


Jennifer K.

Certified Elementary, SPED, Reading Specialist and ESL Tutor

10+ hours
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