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Co-designing their learning experiences

Example Strategies

Collaborate with learners to identify and include learner preferences and optimal learning conditions (e.g., modalities, technology use, the nature and duration of learning activities, pacing, grouping size, and when/where learning will take place)

Co-design learning experiences that include their preferred conditions for learning

Engage learners in reflection and assessment of activities to determine efficacy and inform future directions of learning opportunities

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Articulating their interests, strengths and needs

Example Strategies

Offer tools to help learners identify their own interests, strengths, needs and preferences (e.g., interest inventories, checklists, reflection exercises)

Provide learners with a systematic method (i.e., a learner profile) for documenting learning needs and preferences

Encourage and model methods for reflecting on their needs as learners

Encourage learners to think about and articulate how they are learning

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Assessing, monitoring and reflecting on their own progress

Example Strategies

Partner with learners to identify the sources, methods and frequency that will be used to assess progress (e.g., self, peer, technology-based methods)

Define the role learners will play in assessing and monitoring their own progress

Provide learners with ongoing access to their performance data to help identify academic needs

Provide support and guidance to build learners’ assessment literacy and skills

Meet with learners to discuss the effectiveness of the current plan for assessing and monitoring progress

Partner with learners to reflect upon and document their own learning needs and progress

Model data examination, discuss progress, and identify challenges and needed supports

Help learners reflect upon their learning strategies and efforts, as well as the result of those strategies and efforts in regards to meeting desired learning goals

Encourage learners to revise their learning strategies based on these reflections

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Partnering in setting goals and plans

Example Strategies

Provide learners with the data sources and expectations necessary for planning learning goals

Discuss assessments with learners and guide them to identify a set of learning goals that are achievable, measurable and meaningful to them

Offer learners an organized approach to outline and document their learning plan (e.g., template, rubric)

Partner with learners to establish a timeline and a plan for monitoring progress in meeting goals

Support learners in articulating the purpose of their work and its relationship to their learning goals

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Advocating for needed support from teachers, peers, technology and other sources

Example Strategies

Partner with learners to identify and document the likely resources they will need to support their learning

Coach learners to identify needs and advocate for those needs to be met

Document available, suitable resources needed in learning plans and how these resources can be accessed autonomously

Clarify any expectations or instructions related to learners’ autonomous accessing of needed resources (e.g., Internet access, nature and frequency of access to peers, and independent problem-solving steps prior to seeking teacher support)

Position teacher role based on the learning needs of learners (e.g., director, facilitator, mentor)

Refrain from immediately offering support and solutions when learners begin to struggle, and encourage learners to seek help from peers, technology and other sources to answer questions and resolve problems with their own resources