Self Directed Learning
When working in school independently or as a group, for instance in the art room, each child is learning about something different whilst they play. They follow their own leads and direct their own learning, confident in the fact that they can access all they need in their work space. The negotiation skills, styles of communication and observation of each other, is key to this working together.
Our job as educators is to support and scaffold this learning behaviour and to extend ideas where appropriate. To observe and only intervene when all other options have been worked through. In doing this we can meet the specific needs of all children and be responsive to their own learning journey.