The Parent-Teacher-Child Connection: Self-directed Education

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Self-directed Education

Experts agree that self-directed education optimizes student learning.  There are three components to this concept: (1) The student, (2) the teacher, and (3) the resources.

THE STUDENT - The child must be emotionally and physically able to learn.  If he or she is stressed or tired, self-directed learning will be less effective.

THE TEACHER (or PARENT) - The educator must provide the enthusiasm for education and the framework for learning.  If the teacher or parent is also stressed or tired, self-directed learning will be less effective.

THE RESOURCES - Having a stash of self-directed resources on hand is best, but few teachers or parents can afford commercial learning aids.  Creative use of materials at hand will satisfy most young learners to explore the topic you bring to the classroom.

The key to effective self-directed learning is to get plenty of rest, plan well, creatively use the resources at hand, and let the child explore on his or her own.  And then sit back and marvel at the amazing amount of learning that occurs!

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