6 Replies to “The Independence Breakthrough: 5 Secrets to Helping Students Become Self-Reliant”

  1. Thank you so much for this webinar that was short enough for me to watch while I was sick 🙂 yet filled with a wealth of information. I am a bilingual speech language pathologist as well as a director of student support in a specialized integrated private school. Your tips on mistake making were very insightful and I loved the way you incorporate self reflection from your students to address mistake making as coping with challenge. Thank you. !! I specialize in treatment of executive dysfuctions and always open for new fun suggestions to help reduce anxiety and inattentive behaviors in young children. Wonderful webinar

    1. Dahlia, I’m touched that you watched the webinar while you were sick. Now that’s what I call professional dedication!

      It sounds like the types of students we work with are very similar. I’ve found it so helpful to reframe mistakes with my students. What are some other strategies you find helpful? Hope you’re feeling better!

  2. I just had to listen again. It brings me back to the paradigm shift from teacher-centered to child-centered classrooms that became the overarching goal in teacher development in the ’80’s in MA. The students felt so safe when I would show them how much they did know when they made their approximations(mistakes) It seemed to empower as well as excite them to investigate what else they needed …somehow testing has displaced that culture of respecting the child as learner and the natural learning process many of us worked so hard to promote…thanks for keeping that spirit alive.

    1. Milllicent — thank you for sharing your perceptive thoughts. I hadn’t made those connections, and I think what you’re saying makes a lot of sense. In a similar vein, I sometimes notice myself feeling a sense of urgency about supporting students in reaching their goals right now. That doesn’t help anyone. Taking a deep breath and putting the child at the center works!

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