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What is self-directed learning?

Self-directed learning is the process by which the student takes the initiative about what, how and when to learn. This includes:

  • Figuring out your own learning strengths and weaknesses
  • Setting goals
  • Deciding on and planning activities that support your learning
  • Searching for resources to support you in your journey

The whole idea of this approach is that it puts the child in charge of their own learning. It gives them a chance pursue interests, books, and hands on experiences that they might not have had access to previously or in a traditional school setting. For more information about this incredible approach to learning read this by Dr. Peter Gray.

How to Get Started

The first thing your child needs to do is determine their strengths and weaknesses. It’s also helpful for them to understand their learning style, and dig deeper into what types of content they actually enjoy learning.

Once they figure out what they enjoy learning it will be easier for them to lean into that as a jumping off point.

Use this self-directed learning planner to help you visualize your weeks. Make sure to build in time to rest, relax, and get outside.

Click here for the printable self-directed learning planner.

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