Do you find yourself scratching your head in doubt at the end of the semester wondering why so many of your students failed to reach that pinnacle of understanding, learning, and accomplishment that you so painstakingly planned? Is each new semester preceded with hours of redesigning your curriculum, hoping for the best because your students’ failures are your fault? Well, you might consider joining us for the CRLA 2015 One Book-One Conference selection, Creating Self-Regulated Learners: Strategies to Strengthen Students' Self-Awareness and Learning Skills, by Linda B. Nilson because you may discover ways in which to re-think and redesign your teaching in order to empower students to reach their full potential for learning in their courses and beyond so that they too understand how to 'take responsibility' for their learning.
Nilson explains that, " Learning is about one’s relationship with oneself and one’s ability to exert the effort, self-control, and critical self-assessment necessary to achieve the best possible results---and about overcoming risk aversion, failure, distractions and sheer laziness in pursuit of real achievement" (xxvii).
Beginning with defining self-regulated learning and how it enhances learning, Nilson explains and provides examples for self-regulated reading, watching, listening, live lectures, meta-assignments, exams, quizzes, and fostering self-regulated behaviors by deferring gratification and avoiding procrastination.
Nilson does not offer any quick fixes or must have software. Instead, she provides the blueprint for redesigning our teaching that stresses the importance self-regulation along with the strategies and tools to foster student learning in a meaningful way. Creating Self-Regulated Learners: Strategies to Strengthen Students’ Self-Awareness and Learning Skills is a worthy book that appeals to all levels of education. Join me in a robust conversation at our 2015 CRLA Conference in Portland, OR!Shari Clevenger
CRLA Members attending the conference will receive a 25% discount by ordering the book Creating Self-Regulated Learners directly from the publisher. Please use source code: CRLA15. Linda Nilson will sign books following the brunch on Sunday morning.