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Developing students’ ownership of their learning

Key content

Self assessment and reflection against learning goals allow students to take ownership of their learning, in partnership with their teacher. Students are working towards becoming self-managing and self-regulated. The teachers are working with a range of ages, from year 1 upwards, and the expectation and experience is that all students have the capacity to take ownership of their learning, given the training and opportunities within the classroom. A key point is that these skills have to be taught and supported to continue.

Possible school review questions

  • Are there expectations that our students, of whatever age, should take ownership of their learning?
  •  Are students given opportunities to establish learning goals, and assess their progress against them?
  •  Is there explicit teaching for students in self managing strategies?
  •  Do we have classroom systems established to enable students to monitor their personal progress?


How do you develop students’ ownership of their learning?

Elizabeth Crisp

The way I get the children to take ownership of their learning is, for example, in their writing books they have goals that we've worked out together in the backs of their books. When they are finished writing, we flick to the back of the book and we have a look. And I say "well, how do you think you've done?", and they will say "well, I managed to do that this time so that is good, but oh, I forgot to put spaces between words so next time I'll have to do that", or whatever the goal might be. Sometimes they might sit with a friend and go through that process. So again, "what was my goal, how did I do, what will I need to do next time?"

Don Biltcliffe

I have to do a lot of stating what seems obvious to them: "You're here – this is the next step in your learning". And then a lot of referring back to that. And that seems to give the children... They seem empowered once they have that knowledge. And I find in the classroom, behaviour management is easier because the children understand that they're there to learn.

Rosina Prasad

You find the more you do it, the more the children start to understand and have ownership of their own learning. And I think that is something that we try to build into the culture of our children at an early age, because they can do it.

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