Self-regulated learning (SRL) theory and research empowers us to equip our students with 21stcentury learning skills. With SRL, we can train students to be cognizant of and, most importantly, be in control of their thinking processes, behavior, and motivations for and feelings about learning. These are skills that all students can acquire and that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.

In this course, you will examine self-regulation by interacting with the ideas of 20th-century American educator and progressive thinker John Dewey, whose theories about cognition and teaching practice continue to influence current-day pedagogy. You’ll explore the phases of SRL and how you can use journaling to capture, organize, and reflect on the thinking both you and your students already do. In addition, you’ll cultivate techniques to help students take responsibility for their own learning and to create a classroom environment where students feel comfortable learning from their mistakes.

Using the strategies from this course, you will be able to instill in your students the skills and motivation they need to plan, monitor, and reflect upon their own learning.