The topic for our week discussion was Learner autonomy and After reading some information about this . It is quite rewarding to understand How we as teachers could help our students to be more confident and get greater autonomy. The fist aspect mentioned and according to the constructivism is to help or guide our students in a way they can discover their own knowledge by exploring, experiencing things by themselves and being active participants in their own learning process Providing them some guidelines or acting as a facilitator we can let them to set goals, material, tasks and methods so that they can recognize the best way to reach new knowledge.
To get an effective self-directed learning. It is really important to take into account some learning strategies like the cognitive and metacognitive strategies . With the purpose of enhancing learning students can use repetition translation, use of dictionaries, note taking deduction,, contextualization, inferencing and asking questions for clarification. The metacognitive strategies on the other hand are skills used for planning, monitoring and evaluating the learning process It means the way as they learn something. Using these strategies they can ask themselves questions to get ideas about their performance and with this they can have the opportunity to change goals or reflect about their learning.
As teacher a good way to motivate students to be more autonomous is to start working with activities and rubrics where after finishing any exercise and checking it they can understand and recognize things they did well and errors they made in this way they will start reflecting about their performance and getting aware about aspects they need to improve.
Referring to the activities of my project this week has been quite difficult to work in because of the carnival holiday in my country and some cultural programs at school. I only saw my students on Thursday when I could guide them to form groups and chose a topic for the oral presentation (touristic places in Ecuador)For the presentation they will investigate the information they need and they will be expected to speak, introduce the topic and answer the audience questions. I really hope to start with the oral presentation next Tuesday.