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As educators, we know that learning is much more than a teacher’s delivery method or a student’s completion of an assignment. It also involves each student’s understanding of what they have learned, how they have learned it, and what they have learned about their own learning. It is built on each student’s motivation to learn.

This is the metacognitive side of learning that will build students’ motivation, push them to higher academic growth, and develop their ownership of their own learning. This is the approach that elevates learning to learner ownership, or learnership.

Someone who has true learnership is one who self-directs, self-evaluates, self-reflects, and self-controls their own learning. And these self-driven attributes build students who are motivated to learn. Don’t all students deserve the opportunity to become more motivated?

Yes.

To be truly motivated in learning, students need to know and understand the following each and every day…

  • Why am I learning this?
  • What will I learn?
  • How will I learn this?
  • How will I show that I have learned it?
  • How will I continue to use what I learned?

And if we, as educators, are going to build this motivation and learnership, we need to plan instruction that clearly explains this information every day and in every lesson.

A Focused Learning Model

Begin your planning by using a focused Learning Model to guide your decision-making. This model is the most effective device you can use to focus your lessons, thereby supporting your students to develop learnership. Here’s how…

The Learning Model is made up of five student-centered phases: setting the Learning Context, stating the Learning Outcome, engaging in the Learning Process, producing the Learning Demonstration, and implementing the Learning Application.

The Learning Model for supporting learnership helps a teacher answer the following questions:

  • Why is the learning important? The Learning Context makes connections to the real world and to the final prompt of the unit.
  • What will my students learn? The Learning Outcome uses the standards to develop the outcome of the lesson (what students will learn) and the demonstration of their learning (how students will show mastery).
  • How will my students learn it? The Learning Process determines which instructional strategy or methodology will most effectively and efficiently teach your current students the outcome of the lesson.
  • How will my students show that they have learned it? The Learning Demonstration determines how students will show mastery of the outcome of the lesson.
  • How will my students continue to use what they learned? The Learning Application makes connections to how students will use today’s learning to produce a stronger final product and how they will use this learning in other classes and situations.

If a teacher plans with this thinking in mind, the lesson is more effective in terms of learning and more efficient in terms of time. And the lesson is more easily explained to students who will have an easier time getting started, monitoring their understanding during the lesson, and successfully completing a product that demonstrates their learning.

Here is an example of what we mean.

Click here to download more examples of focused lessons.

In turn, students who are supported by daily lessons that let them own the phases of learning can more readily answer the following questions:

  • Why am I learning this?
  • What will I learn?
  • How will I learn this?
  • How will I show that I have learned it?
  • How will I continue to use what I learned?

The Most Important Decision Teachers Make

Next, determine how you are going to share your lesson plans with the students. Don’t keep them in the dark—let them understand and interact with your decisions. Thus, decide how you would like to communicate these decisions to your students.

Utilizing the Learning Model when you plan will positively impact your instruction, but it will not truly elevate your students’ achievement if they don’t know what they are learning, why they are learning it, how they will learn it, how they will know they have learned it, and how they will continue using their learning. Determine how you want to communicate these decisions to your students for each and every lesson. Create routines that allow you to reflect regularly with your students on these questions. You’ve thoughtfully made these decisions so let your kids in on the secret to their success.

What’s Next in Learnership?

When we own something, it’s ours. It belongs to us. No one else can ever take it away. Isn’t that what we want our children to feel about their learning? Yes, it is.

But it is much more than a feeling. Learnership is also the life skill our children need to be successful in the future. In other words, success in the future is not about what we know, but rather, what we can do with what we know. This is exactly what colleges and employers are looking for.

We at Elevated Achievement believe that learnership is the most important thing we can help our students develop. That’s why we do what we do.

And, that’s why we are writing this article and subsequent articles to provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to implement a focused Learning Model for each and every lesson. Because when you do, your students will have the opportunity to develop learnership each and every day.

So, watch this space for the next few weeks. We’ll be back with more resources for you and your students.

The Learning Brief

In this article you learned…
  • The metacognitive side of learning builds students’ motivation, pushes them to higher academic growth, and develops their ownership of their own learning.
  • That to build motivation and learnership, teachers need to plan instruction using a focused Learning Model every day and in every lesson.
  • Teachers utilizing a Learning Model will be supporting their students in knowing what they are learning, why they are learning it, how they will learn it, how they will show they have learned it, and how they will continue to use what they learned.
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