Students must learn and develop key skills that are needed to achieve various academic goals. As key stakeholders, we are responsible for providing valuable feedback that will help students grow and become better versions of themselves. Different strategies will be discussed to help empower students, whether in a home or school setting, to take ownership of their learning experience and academic performance. The more your child practices certain skills at home, the more prepared they will be on an academic level.
It is critical for students to take ownership and make efforts in achieving short-term or long-term learning goals. According to Stenger (2014), “student ownership should be developed early in a student’s educational career” so that they know the importance of productivity and efficiency when completing assigned tasks. Students must learn to put their best foot forward at all times. If your child does not understand a key concept or skill, they should immediately express misunderstandings to their teacher. This is also a form of student ownership – they are taking responsibility and seeking assistance. Research suggests that students who displayed engagement such as going to class on time, being prepared for and participating in classwork, completing assignments and other assigned tasks were more likely to be academically successful (Dyer, 2015). Through such behaviors, students have exemplified ownership of their learning and do what is expected of them to succeed in school. Teachers and parents can support students by consistently setting high expectations and encouraging them to persevere through challenges, as well as speak up when the content is unclear.
Dyer, K. (2015). Research proof points – Better student engagement improves student learning.Retrieved from https://www.nwea.org/blog/2015/research-proof-points-better-student-engagement-improves-student-learning/
Stenger, M. (2014). Student ownership and responsibility are key to academic success finds new research. Retrieved from https://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/other/student-ownership-and-responsibility-are-key-to-academic-success-finds-new-research/