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Simplifying our practice: Independent learning skills

Pedagogy Skills
In a series of five articles, Adam Riches is looking at how we might simplify common classroom practice in order to make teaching and learning more effective. Part three looks at boosting students’ independent learning skills

Self-efficacy, for me, is one of the most powerful attributes you can harness in a learner. Building a student’s belief that they have the capacity and skills to complete learning tasks and achieve set goals has a phenomenal impact on their wellbeing, confidence and their outcomes.

Building self-efficacy in students is one of the best ways to streamline your teaching of new content, to improve the sustainability of learning, and to empower the learners in front of you.

To achieve true self-efficacy, we need well-structured, quality first teaching, which enables learners to apply schema when unsupported.

And as well as delivering curriculum content, it is important that we interweave and interleave approaches that build students’ resilience and independent learning skills.

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