Principle #3: Skills

Principle #3: Children learn important skills when they’re active participants in the learning process.

Doing research and participating in student-driven projects give students ownership over their education.

For example, when my daughter was 10-12 years old, she wanted to be a forensic anthropologist. This motivated her to study anatomy, biology, and chemistry.

Students who learn to research topics of study gain important skills, including problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, and leadership skills.

I taught my daughter how to research topics that interested her. I helped her find books, movies, and lab experiments that supported her learning goals. Delving into science taught her important problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

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Student-driven projects, experiments, and planned activities build essential skills and enhance learning.

Because my daughter set a goal to be a scientist, she took initiative to delve into her chosen field. She participated in a science fair, which developed communication skills, problem-solving skills, and creativity. The subject matter came alive because it held meaning for her.

Copyright © 2017 Sharon J. Miller