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Empowering Students to Self-Manage and Learn Independently
By allowing children to step forward, speak out, and discover their own strengths helps them become more independent and better critical thinkers and self-managers.
Learning can evoke powerful emotions in students, such as anxiety, apathy, and even embarrassment. Helping them develop critical thinking and problem solving skills also helps students to become better self-managers.
If students understand the importance of reasoning it helps them make sense of a subject, especially math, which can be complex in comprehending. Inviting more active student participation encourage students to speak out during lessons and contribute more independent thinking.
All students face a certain level of fear of making mistakes or not looking smart in front of the class. When students develop more independent thinking they also gain greater confidence to take on the challenges that might otherwise cripple their thinking. They realize that taking a closer look to discover where and why the mistake was made is a way forward as well as a way to self-manage their fear of failure.
Working collaboratively with other students builds a bridge of trust and confidence in the process of learning. Helping each other discover how to work through a math problem, for instance, proves to students they have the ability to do the work. By synthesizing their ideas and approaches to problem solving, they are essentially building a stronger foundation of independent, critical thinking. They are less likely to ask for help from the teacher before they first exhaust their solutions.
Goal setting is an important part of students taking ownership of their learning. It teaches them to regulate their behavior, prioritize their goals, and become more reflective about their own learning needs.
By developing independence and self-management skills in class, students carry away important transferable skills they can apply to any kind of learning, whether in school or in life. They become more motivated, responsible, and better able to overcome emotional situations and become more effective learners. These are lessons that will follow students throughout a lifetime of learning.
Yorktown Education supports independent thinking, and encourages students to progress at their own speed, in their own time, whether academically, socially, or personally. Age and grade are not the parameters by which we measure a child’s learning. Yorktown is a fresh, dramatically unique approach to education, giving young minds the experience of real achievement for long-term, happier outcomes.
Yorktown Education is a student-centered, independent, non-sectarian day school for students age 5 through 18. Our culture is built on collaboration and community. We embrace differences locally and globally, and have a vibrant International Student Program. Students from around the world embrace the fun of discovery and value they receive at Yorktown as they pursue doing what they love.
Come by and take a tour of Yorktown campus and facilities. Meet with our staff and visit a classroom in session. Don’t be surprised if you see 5-year-old children learning Mandarin Chinese, or 10-year-olds in an advanced math class. It’s just part of the Yorktown difference and how we produce better learners.