Students with Balanced Decision-Making Skills are Better Independent Learners
The people who build the classroom culture are the students. Whether technology is part of the environment or not, the students play the leading role in shaping their own learning experiences. That’s why social and emotional skills are so vital from the earliest days of education. By ensuring these skills are in place, students have the tools to make responsible choices, shaping their learning experience more freely and more confidently.
When students become more aware of their emotions and impulses, they become more responsible in how to control them. By helping students understand why certain routines or standards are important, educators contribute to the growth of social and emotional competencies, which sets students on a path for success.
While some would say there’s little difference between choice and freedom the fact is that choice can often be immobilizing. Even the most progressive educational model doesn’t advocate that students should make all the decisions. Teachers and educators are there to guide students based on their own decision-making experiences, a great value to students.
Learning objectives built on a balance of standards and individual choices allow room for students to shape their own curriculum with some degree of autonomy.
At Yorktown Education, each student is valued as a unique, one-of-a-kind individual. As a result, the way they learn best, the time they need to progress, and guidance they need for self-discovery differs from student to student. Giving students the time they need to progress at their own pace is not something public education provides.
A classroom that functions with students who have learned how to make responsible decisions because they have balanced social and emotional learning skills, provided a flexible learning environment. The difference is the students can work with less assistance from a teacher, spending more time interacting with each other and discovering what they love to do.
Interaction and feedback add meaning to the learning environment that technology cannot. And while technology is a useful tool and enhancement to the learning environment, there is no substitute for the lifelong rewards of human conversation and collaboration.