7. Sharing Responsibility for Learning with Students
Key Strategies that Transform Learning
From Environmental Education to Citizenship and Sustainability
Preparation for active and engaged citizenship requires educators to shift responsibility for learning to students. This requires that teachers prepare learners to be able to assume responsibility by addressing individual and group learning capacities. It involves deep listening to understand and respect student motivations and needs and to support their learning journey in becoming who they wish to be.
Sharing Responsibility for Learning involves viewing each student as a whole person –a citizen learner – from the time they start school when they arrive ready, able and needing to contribute to their communities. It involves the planned and appropriate transfer of responsibility, from teacher to student(s) in determining what is learned, how it is learned, how learning is used, and what is assessed and evaluated.
Preparing students to take responsibility for their learning requires attending to an individual learner’s development by addressing emotional/mental health (self-awareness and control) and social skills, and addressing the capacity of the individual for learning that arises from being part of a collaborative community of learners.
With support at the personal and group levels, teachers should allow students to make authentic decisions with consequences, individually and as collaborative learning groups.
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