One of the arts of teaching is knowing when to lead, when to help, and when to let the students figure it out themselves. We take the cliché about being the guide on the side seriously. But, how do you get from student dependence to independence? Join us for a strategy-building session on how to foster student-owned learning in the classroom. Don't expect one size fits all answers - but questions, strategies, possibilities, examples for our classrooms and yours, and maybe a few awkward silences...

Join us as we explore ways to:

Engage and empower students as critical thinkers, questioners, connectors and creators of content

Build student repertoire of problem-solving strategies

Challenge learners to mine mistakes, wrong turns and "failures" for the richer learning opportunities embedded within

Questions

What kinds of problems/challenges do students face at school?

What strategies have you found successful in developing students agency in their own problem-solving?

What happens when students don't/can't solve their problem/challenge?

How can we reshape students' connotation of failure?

How does failure relate to Dweck's concept of mindset, Duckworth's idea of grit, and the design principle of iteration?

How much failure is too much, how much is not enough?

How do we know when to let students stop/quit/move on?

What roles might teachers play in such situations? What roles might students play?

Is there a continuum of methods that range from less to more self-directed learning and problem-solving?

How do you know when to lead, when to help, and when to let the students figure it out themselves?

What difference does a metaphor make in our vision of our activities?

Do our students suffer from learned helplessness? Why? What can we do about it?

Throughout the course of the year (or several years), does this approach take more time?

How do we help learners redirect their attention from what's "expected" to what's possible?

## Table of Contents

Tweeting?#ltiml @sewilkie @balancedtech## Session Description

One of the arts of teaching is knowing when to lead, when to help, and when to let the students figure it out themselves. We take the cliché about beingthe guide on the sideseriously. But, how do you get from student dependence to independence? Join us for a strategy-building session on how to foster student-owned learning in the classroom. Don't expect one size fits all answers - but questions, strategies, possibilities, examples for our classrooms and yours, and maybe a few awkward silences...Join us as we explore ways to:

## Questions

## LEGO Challenges

## Problem Solving Strategies

## FAILure

## Teacher Role(s)?

## Less Is More Continuum?

Autodidacts, Self-Directed Learning, Student Exploration, Guided Discovery, Direct Instruction## Questioning

## Student Self Assessment

## Documentation & Reflection

## Digital Learning Farm

## Information Processing

## Closing Thought

## Other Resources

Galileo13 Less (teaching) Is More (learning) slides -

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