"Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each one of us individually." Dalai Lama
Responsibility is taking charge of your learning; setting priorities, understanding how you learn and making use of support. It also means having self-respect and respect for others involved in the learning process.
Pupils can take the lead in organising and managing their own learning.
- Take an interest in how you learn.
- Take an interest in what you learn.
- Reflect and respond to feedback.
- Attend super curricular activities.
- When appropriate, seek help inside and outside lessons.
- Support the learning of friends and peers.
Teachers can give clear guidance on expectations for managing learning and support on how to achieve this.
- Plan lessons and activities that support long term learning.
- Share with pupils why these activities are useful.
- Provide frequent opportunities for feedback.
Parents can help to develop routines for home learning; then organise and monitor from a distance to allow pupils to become more independent and confident learners.
- Encourage a regular start time for homework can prevent time wasting and distraction.
- Encourage activities that support long term learning – Bablake learning guides provide ideas that can be used.
- Have a space at home for notices: display timetables, kit reminders, calendars, so students can organise themselves.
- Look for opportunities to take one step back: sometimes this means letting your children struggle, sometimes it means helping them put a situation in perspective rather than solving it for them.
- Sometimes just talking can help: ask them if they have packed their bag, let them know if there are family commitments on the horizon, chat to them about managing a diary, or explain how to break down a longer task into manageable steps.