In Pathways to Independent Learning, students are given tools and strategies to take charge of the learning process. They will be able to take full responsibility for choosing effective approaches to long-term learning. Why is this ability especially critical now?
Students need the skills and strategies of independent learning so that they are equipped to excel in any learning environment or situation. Research has proven that facility and practice of executive functioning skills and critical thinking is a greater predictor of student success than IQ. Students who develop the skills of independent learning are better able to adapt and succeed when they encounter obstacles.
Developing the skills of self-advocacy, communication, and critical thinking give students the skills and strategies to take charge of the learning process. They have the ability to be self-aware to know their specific needs, what help will support those needs, how to communicate those needs to teachers and parents, and how to develop a deeper understanding of new information. These skills lead students to become better problem-solvers and build upon other essential life skills. Developing the skills of independent learning is beneficial to all students because it provides the tools needed for success in school and in life.