Partner With Students to Empower Education Ownership
Author: Judy Yauch
On a recent flight, I finished Partnering With Students: Building Ownership of Learning by Mary Jane O’Connell and Kara Vandas (2015).
The book includes several points that relate to the paradigms and principles of The Leader in Me:
- Every student has talents and strengths, and as educators, it is our role to help students discover them.
- Students who are engaged with school and have aspirations are more likely to be academically motivated
- Students who are given a voice in the school are more likely to be academically motivated (7 times more likely; Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, 2013–2014).
- Leadership and responsibility at school increases student self-confidence.
- Learner-centered classrooms increase students’ rate of learning (2 times more likely; Cornelius-White, 2007; Hattie, 2009).
In Leader in Me Schools, students are empowered to take ownership of their learning. Through goal setting, tracking, and reflecting in Leadership Notebooks and Student-Led Conferences, students become an integral part of the learning process. They recognize their strengths, challenges, interests, and learning preferences. This builds a strong sense of self-efficacy and the confidence to take on more of a leadership role in their learning.
As a school embraces the paradigm of student involvement and empowerment, students become increasingly engaged with their learning, each other, and the school.