IDE Corp
Professional Development for Innovative Schools

Student Responsibility for Learning

Students take responsibility for setting goals, scheduling time, utilizing resources, and making other decisions.

If children are to become lifetime learners, they must be able to assess themselves, set goals, develop and implement a plan of action, utilize resources, and assess progress. Students will not always have a teacher around to spoon-feed them information and directions. They need to learn to take on the responsibility for their own learning. This does not mean the teachers leave the day up to the students! It means that teachers guide students in reviewing their own work, setting goals, and deciding how to achieve those goals. These goals might include applying math facts or formulas, using proper punctuation in a letter, conducting a science experiment, remembering to bring in homework, or doing an oral presentation without note cards. Rather than students merely doing what teachers tell them to do, they need to see where they need to improve; and teachers need to help them design a plan to follow to meet with success.