Definition: Students will acquire and use fundamental skills that are necessary for learning to occur and for lifelong success. Students:
  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability by applying what they learn to a variety of situations.
  • Collect data to track their own progress to monitor and adjust their learning strategies.
  • Exhibit productivity and accountability when they complete products on time to express learning.
  • Show leadership and responsibility when they actively participate in school, district and community activities.
  • Show respect for differing opinions, interests and experiences.
  • Make environmentally responsible choices.
  • Set challenging personal goals.
  • Reflect on their own learning and refocus their efforts accordingly.

Self Direction Assessment Tools

Best practices for Self Direction

Life and Career Skills encompass the following:
  • Flexibility & Adaptability
    • Students change their inquiry focus, questions, resources, or strategies when necessary to achieve success.
    • Students can apply what they have learned to a variety of situations.
  • Initiative & Self-Direction
    • Students collect data to track their own progress on class assignments and/or assessments, including CSAP tests.
    • Students set goals for their own achievement.
    • Students set specific goals for upcoming assignments and/or assessments.
    • Students develop timelines for projects
  • Productivity & Accountability
    • Students complete products to express learning.
    • Students meet timelines for projects
  • Leadership & Responsibility
    • Students Present ideas to others in different settings
    • Students Participate on teams to complete projects
    • Students participate in school- and district-level organizations, committees, activities, clubs, and/or sports.
  • Social Skills
    • teach, pre-teach, and re-teach how students are expected to behave in specific situations (Boys Town model).
    • students respect differing interests and experiences of others
  • "Green" Literacy
    • Students recycle in the classroom
    • students analyze home energy bills
    • Students and teachers utilize online learning tools to reduce the amount of paper used in learning
  • Personal & Aesthetic Growth
    • Students pursue their own interest in literature
    • Students recognize their own need for more information and research
    • Students participate in the social exchange of ideas
    • Students seek to go beyond academic requirements
  • Goal-Setting
    • Students choose their own products for presentations
    • Students assist in creating rubrics used to judge class products/presentations
  • Self-Assessment & Reflection
    • students give feedback on lessons (plus/delta, stars/wishes)
    • Students evaluate their own learning to refocus their efforts

See: Integrating the 16 Habits of Mind