Turn your class into a state of independents

Allowing learners the autonomy to develop their own opinions and interests can seem daunting for time-pressed teachers, but seeing them grow in maturity and confidence makes the effort worthwhile, says Stuart Worden

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Student autonomy is hard to come by in schools. These days, curriculum constraints on time and content delivery force us to hand hold more than we might like and socially, as a society, we are much more aware of the delicate line that we tread between providing appropriate challenge and causing stress.

Yet we must fight this trend to sideline autonomy. Only through autonomy will young people find their own views, their own opinions, their politics, their style, their self, their being. And in order for us to be rich as a society, in culture and arts, as well as innovation in business and ...

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