Monday, September 28, 2015

Self-Efficacy: The Secret Sauce to Learning Success

by James Rickabaugh, Director, Institute for Personalized Learning

This is the second in the blog series on Learner Agency. We are collaborating with the Institute for Personalized Learning on this series and taking the lead on different posts. Jim Rickabaugh (@drrickabuagh) took the lead on this post on Self-Efficacy so we want to share with you a summary of his post with a link to the full text.

Jim shared the wisdom contained in Henry Ford’s quote in the image above. He states that Ford's statement captures the core of what we call "self-efficacy." The idea of believing in yourself if you can or cannot do something holds significant implications both for learners and for us as educators in our journey to nurture high levels of skill and knowledge. Jim eloquently explains how learners can develop a sense of confidence by developing good strategies, practice smart persistence and utilize the full range of resources available to them, they can and will succeed. Here are two of the ten strategies Jim shares on self-efficacy:
  1. Focus on learning as the goal by allowing flexibility in the pace at which learners are expected to learn. A “lock step” approach to instruction can send the message to some learners that they are not capable when all they really need is more time. 
  2. Support learners to set short-term, attainable goals for their progress. When they have developed the confidence and capacity, guide them to focus and persist for longer periods on more challenging goals. 

We highly recommend that you read Self-Efficacy: The Secret Sauce to Learning Success for the full text and learning more about all of the ten strategies to reinforce and build self-efficacy.


Blog Post #1 Learner Agency: The Missing Link 
Blog Post #3 Discover the Learner in Every Child"
Blog Post #4 Learner Voice Demonstrates Commitment to Build Agency


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