Tips to develop Autonomy in the students

1. Give your students the space to express and be sure to acknowledge their efforts

When students express their individual views in your classroom, you are creating a non-judgmental and safe space. A classroom is meant to be a safe space for students to learn and be themselves.Allow students to share their answers to your open-ended questions, because allowing children to speak for themselves is respecting their dignity, and respecting who they are. Always be sure to acknowledge their sharing and praise their efforts.

2. Allow your students to take certain responsibilities

Every day, try to give your students small tasks to stimulate his/her desire to try something new and feel a sense of accomplishment. You can assign them tasks such as arranging chairs in groups, collecting notebooks, cleaning the board, etc. Each student will have his/her own way of completing the task, and that can show you how s/he thinks and approach certain things. Remind them if they forget, but let them to do the tasks independently.

3. Encourage your students to express their ideas

When we ask students for their ideas to a certain problem or incident, they often come up with great solutions, and sometimes they can even teach us something new. Cheer on your students and praise them for their sharing and their accomplishments. This will make them feel more motivated to learn and take interest in what you are teaching.

4. Allow your students to gain their own learning experiences.

Are you constantly stressed with the limited time you have for class? If a child is determined to try something new, give him/her the opportunity and time to go through the process. Be supportive. If they succeed, you will be pleasantly surprised. If they don’t, they will learn from the experience and you will be right there by their side. Learn to stay calm and allow your students to learn by experimentation.

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