Teaching Self-Regulated Learning Skills
Being able to track your learning, make adjustments, and recognize when you have learned—those are skills that make a difference, both professionally and personally. Barry Zimmerman (1986), known for his work on self-regulated learning, defines learners with those skills as being “metacognitively, motivationally, and behaviorally active participants in their learning” (p. 308). These are learners who can name their strengths and weaknesses, set challenging but realistic goals, monitor their learning as it happens, and reflect on it after the fact. Unfortunately, that doesn’t describe how many of our students handle their learning experiences.