Learners who engage in self-reflection and thinking about thinking (metacognition) become lifelong learners with adaptive capacity, enhanced well-being and are better able to transfer learning in an ever-changing world.
- Learn the process of learning (metacognition) (e.g. independence, goal-setting, motivation) and believe in their ability to learn and grow (growth mindset)
- Self-regulate in order to become lifelong learners and reflect on their thinking, experience, values and critical feedback to enhance their learning. They also monitor the progress of their own learning.
- Articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies to achieve them and reflect on the learning
process itself to improve learning outcomes.
- Develop their identity in the Canadian context (e.g. origin and diversity) and consider their connection to the
- Cultivate emotional intelligence to understand themselves and others.
- Take the past into account to understand the present and approach the future.
- Develop personal, educational and career goals, and persevere to overcome challenges to reach goals.
- Adapt to change and show resilience to adversity.
- Manage various aspects of their life: physical, emotional (relationships, self-awareness), spiritual and mental
- Exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.
Self-directed learning means: becoming aware and demonstrating agency in one’s process of learning, including the development of
dispositions that support motivation, perseverance, resilience and self-regulation. Believing in one’s ability to learn, combined with
strategies for planning, monitoring and reflecting on one’s past, present and future goals, help learners adapt to change.
Examples of Self-Directed Learning in the UGDSB:
- 4 inquiry questions from Creating Pathways to Success—using myBlueprint digital portfolio (personal, academic, career)
- Genius hour
- Independent study in secondary
- Flipped Classrooms
- Applied Strategy work in secondary schools
- Developing learning goals and success criteria
- The Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2)
- Students Engaging in Sustainable Action Projects