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Teach Less: A Self-Directed Inquiry Based Elementary Classroom

Teacher burnout is a real thing, and something that I have experienced first-hand. Since my teacher burnout days, I have experimented with many solutions and come to find that giving my students more choice and more responsibility for their own learning meant less burnout for me and more engagement for them! A win-win!
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Teach Less: A Self-Directed Inquiry Based Elementary Classroom
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    This is an inspirational and beautiful Ted Talk. Whether you are deeply involved in student-directed learning or just learning what that term means, this is a great video to watch. I will be honest - I am not sure how realistic her ideas are in the sense that (in general) we are all required to teach Common Core State Standards and, whether we like it or not, the ultimate goal needs to be for our students to pass the end of year exams. HOWEVER, I find her ideas get me excited about letting my
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    This Edutopia post gets me really excited about self-directed learning and its vast possibilities. After showing two various interpretations and integrations of a self-directed learning model, the post highlights how this style of instruction can promote and shape children to become entrepreneurs. I re-read this post when I need a little inspiration boost with my efforts to integrate more self-directed learning into my teaching.
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    If you are new to the term self-directed learning, this is a great place to start! This site hits all the bullet points, like why you should integrate self-directed learning into your classroom, how to integrate it, and my favorite part, 27 actions that promote self-directed learning. It's short, sweet, and to the point.
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    This website offers a series of FREE workshops for professional development that provide a variety of self-paced courses. The inquiry-based learning courses offer a TON of information regarding this topic, perfectly complementing a self-directed learning model. Allowing students to ask questions in order to guide their self-directed learning is a brilliant method to blend two powerful teaching strategies.
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    While this Pinterest board only hosts 31 pins (as of now), it has some real gems. From self-assessment ideas to Genius Hour to setting up your classroom to promote self-directed learning to tips and tricks for implementation-this board has everything that you need to dive right into self-directed learning.