Empowering Students

Empowering Students

As many of us prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, we should focus on truly empowering our students to learn. As many as I believe it is more imperative than ever as we and many others around the world prepare for this 2020-21 school year, I am focused on truly empowering my students in their learning. While many are preparing, and more importantly, many outside the United States and within the United States, to prepare for these school years 2020 / 2021 and beyond, I believe as a teacher and parent that this is more important, and in many ways, even more so than in the past. 12

If we focus on meaningful ways to empower our students and our environment, I believe that we can better engage teachers with the people they serve and learn better as students, as well as better educators. 11 

Empowering students means teaching them to shape their own future with someone who creates for them. By giving students more control over where they are the creators and leaders of the lesson, we enable them to better understand their learning and growth. Students who see themselves as learners will also be more likely to understand the future they see as their future, what their future is and what they want to be. They feel more positive and connected to their school, they feel better able to express views and opinions that are appreciated by teachers, parents and carers, and they understand themselves better as learners. 3, 5, 7, 9 

As teachers, we must give students the tools to build the skills that will lead them to a successful, fulfilling life. By teaching students these skills, we enable them to learn skills that work for them in their students’ writing process, making them more independent learners, both now and in the future. 1, 10

We can also give students the opportunity to do more outside the classroom and to involve and integrate them into their own learning. Giving students more choices can help us be better teachers, and we are shaping more engaging ways for them to learn. 2, 3 

Allowing students to connect learning in different learning environments can help them become the driving force behind their own learning and make their learning more enjoyable and fruitful. Encourage students not only to take on tasks, but also to find new ways to make tasks more dynamic and share them with their peers, encouraging more collaboration. Students invest more in their work when they know they can share it with some or all. If a particular student decides to share his work, it inspires confidence in the student and motivates other students who work with him to share their work next time. 4, 6 

For students who are not motivated or have a bad attitude, teachers believe that they are likely to be forced to adapt to an industrial education process that does not suit their style. They lose their confidence and interest in learning, they become apathetic and they lose some of their self-confidence – self-confidence. In addition, this can negatively affect the long-term occupation of students with learning. Students can learn or lose this love in a way that harms them, but they can regain power by resisting the teacher and resisting the way teachers try to control them. 8

Teachers will undoubtedly agree that strengthening their students is a worthwhile goal, but they may be involved in traditional processes that are considered the norm and affect their ability to teach effectively in this area. If teachers learn how to empower their students rather than micro-manage them, they can make their own lives easier, avoid burnout, and help students take responsibility for their own learning. This approach disempowers rather than empowers students, because the behavior that teachers usually reward is passive, such as following the teacher’s instructions to do homework, learn class contents, and complete the work on time. 8 

Without this goal, focusing on compliance and classroom clarity can suppress the development of a sense of empowerment among students. Selected classrooms create an environment where teachers act as trainers and mentors in the learning environment, enabling students to reach their full potential. Teachers can avoid micromanagement of their students by gradually building students’ skills and giving them more control over their own education and learning experience. 2, 8 

Personalized learning encourages students to recognize their own ideas and how their ideas can change and evolve through contact with the ideas of others. Students can be empowered by asking questions and problems – based methods in the classroom that respect students “different abilities and interests, rather than teaching that focuses on pressing knowledge into their heads and applying traditional teaching strategies. By creating an environment where students are cared for exactly as they are, teachers can create a positive and empowering learning space by knowing their students and appreciating their strengths and abilities. In short, they can empower themselves with students – focused lessons that involve students in questions, reflection, and relationships. 0, 8

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