Having the great opportunity to learn through a quality education is a right of all children. Learning ownership simply means that a child is actively involved in the education process. Unfortunately, it’s not like that in all countries. Malala Yousafzai was the little girl from Pakistan who defied the Taliban by spreading the word that all children, even the girls, deserved to learn. Yet sadly not every child is excited about learning.
Wanting to do well is one of the traits exhibited by students during this process. It’s amazing how different each child is growing up. Some want to do their homework, listen attentively in class, and finish projects with ease. Others find it tortuous; they lack drive, ambition, and follow-through.
What are some ways that we can guide students towards taking successful ownership of their learning? There are some strategies to help those students where learning does not come second nature to them.
Show as Much as Teach
Having live demonstrations that the kids are actively involved in helps them to be more engaged in the learning process. Getting them out of their seats to participate is more active than passively tolerating a long lecture. This can apply to basically any subject from history to language arts, and even STEM curriculum.
Lighten Up on the Homework
Time and time again it’s been proven that excessive amounts of homework can cause a child heightened levels of anxiety. They don’t get anything out of the time spent doing it, and it just discourages the ones who can’t seem to tackle it all. Only give homework that is absolutely necessary, and that isn’t just “busy work” for home.
Ask Their Opinions Often
Getting your students involved in the learning process to encourage ownership starts with just asking them their opinions on things. Easy, right? This can range from projects the class should do, books for assignments, and any of the inner workings of the classroom. By asking them to weigh in you get them more excited about the process of what goes on there every day.
It doesn’t take a lot of extra time to implement these techniques in your own classroom. Plus, many times the way a child feels about their learning is directly related to how much they enjoy being with their teachers. So engage, be positive, and show them how much you care about their education since it will help to make them want to learn as much as you want to teach them!