Teaching Tip Tuesday: How to Prepare Students to Work Independently

One of our goals as educators is to get students to work independently.  While that may be easier said than done, here are some tips on how prepare your students to be successful independent workers.

 Acknowledge what’s new in the classroom such as larger networks of classmates via social media. 

Students don't always need you for an answer.  Sometimes they just need you to guide them to the an answer. 

What's easy to you, maybe brand new and amazing to someone else. 

Let students know they won't know all the answers, but they can connect with people to get the answers and put a plan together. 

Working independently sometimes means working with others.  Knowing when to ask for help and who to ask is just as important.