Self Regulation- Why is matters and how to grow and show it.

Today’s complex world demands self-regulated thinkers and learners who can take responsibility for their lives, their work, and their ongoing learning. It requires individuals to monitor their own work and to incorporate feedback to develop and improve their work products.


In most traditional classrooms, educators structure students’ work for them, directing them in exactly what to do and monitoring compliance. To create opportunities for students to learn effectively and monitor their own progress, educators can instead work with them, guiding and empowering them in ways that help them take increasing responsibility for their own learning, both as individuals and in groups. In turn, this supports students’ ability to function in a 21st century workplace, where people are expected to work with minimal supervision, planning their own work, designing their own work products and incorporating feedback to improve the quality of those products.


Learning activities that give students the opportunity to acquire self-regulation skills must last long enough for students to have the opportunity to plan their work over time, and offer visibility into clear learning goals and success criteria that students can use to plan and monitor their own work. Educators can foster self-regulation skills by giving students working in groups responsibility for deciding who will do what and on what schedule. In the most successful learning activities, students receive feedback that is supportive of students’ progress toward clear learning goals, and they have the opportunity to act on that feedback to improve their work before it is considered final.


Self-regulation involves a range of skills that become increasingly sophisticated as they develop over time. At the beginning of a semester, students who are new to self-regulation may need more explicit guidance; over time, it can be a goal for educators to give students progressively more responsibility for their own learning


Find via the link below RUBRICS for analyzing learning design for opportunities to self regulate plus the big ideas underpinning this.



Also free courseware  built on the that provides on-demand training around the 21st Century Learning Design (21CLD)  approaches is available

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