June 12, 2014

Training independence

During my workshop about the training of independence I always use this structure. Teachers can use it as a checklist and thick which of the 20 agreements are completely functioning in their class.

  1. Agreements about things the children can do themselves: toilet – drinking water – washing hands – how to use the classroom.
  2. Introduction and working with a ‘household assignment’.
  3. Agreements about the materials the children can take themselves.

  1. Making the choice for a sign for the block period, introducing of the rules.
  2. What can you do yourself without help: thinking yourself – try again – ask your mate. (making of action guides)
  3. Explain that the block period is only temporary and help is possible on a later moment

  1. The whole school makes agreements about which materials can be taken by the children themselves, how to handle if they make a mistake etc.

  1. Let them invent the rules : think again – read again – ask someone else – start with another part of the assignment (action guides)
  2. Learn them to analyse the problem : what kind of problem – did  I had a similar problem before – ask a real question – try to help step by step (action guide)
  3. Learn planning, try to anticipate and make a work planning
  4. Give attention to social problems: how to solve them – how to work together
  5. Agreements about the noise during the work (making of “noise cards”)

  1. First try yourself
  2. Start asking your workmate instead of walking around in the classroom
  3. Use your help signal if you couldn’t find the right help.
  4. Ask clear questions – don’t be impatient in trying to help
  5. Explaining is not the same as giving the answer
  6. Learn to explain step by step
  7. Investigate first what is known already
  8. Use a ‘help booklet’.

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