The secret to teaching can be summarized by an old Chinese proverb:
Tell me and I will forget.
Show me and I will remember.
Involve me and I will understand.
Step back and I will act.
Part of teaching is instilling responsibility, and parents and Learning Coaches need to know when their student is ready for more responsibility.
The Gradual Release of Responsibility
Before students can become independent learners, they need to know how to read directions, follow instructions, check their work, consult sources, use classroom materials, and more. Until students have mastered these skills and can apply them to their schoolwork, they need frequent guidance from Learning Coaches and teachers. Learning Coaches who are specifically observing their student for such skills have a better opportunity to address any issues that arise and thereby lead the student toward that independence.
The rate at which students gain independence can depend on age, but it also depends on how quickly Learning Coaches grant students new responsibilities. Often, we have trouble determining how much responsibility students can handle, either overestimating what students understand or underestimating their capabilities.
So, how do we know when students are ready for more responsibility?
Test Your Student’s Capabilities
It’s not always easy to determine when your student is ready to take on a new challenge. You can judge his or her preparedness based on age, experience, and personal needs, but you can’t know for sure until you give your student the opportunity.
In fact, letting students take ...