In the classroom and in remote learning, our youngest learners are the least independent. How can we change this? What supports are needed?
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Image of student working by himself (from Bridgeview Montessori School)
What learning experiences can we design that provide our young learners opportunities to work independently? To make choices over what they do? To design structure that is age-appropriate where they understand expectations and so are fairly self-sufficient?
What structures would help support parents in supporting their elementary-age students?
Children can do amazing things-- with help and independently. At school, I see students who are self-sufficient and independent struggle when asked to work independently at home. Is it the change in space? Change in expectations? What can learn from school systems where students are given more responsibility?
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I see our students' parents struggling to support their students, especially those in lower elementary. Since so many parents need to focus on their own jobs, they want activities that their children can do independently, which often becomes a computer program teaching a student. How can we make sure our youngest learners have access to engaging, creative, and meaningful activities that don't require an adult sitting next to them?