Starting from the Child: Teaching and Learning from 3 To 8

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5
ENCOURAGING INDEPENDENCE
The effective use of space and
resources

Introduction
Teachers who spend focused time scaffolding the learning of children and making regular observations of children in action have already created a classroom environment that encourages independence. Neither of these crucial teacher activities can be achieved satisfactorily if a teacher is constantly being interrupted with the well-worn cry 'Please miss … what do I do next?' In order for children to be independent learners they need a classroom environment that facilitates their independence. As far as possible, children need to manage their own resources, space and time. If children are to work independently, they need to be given systems and strategies that enable them to manage their own learning environment and sustain their own learning.
Children's early experiences
I have already suggested that to adopt effective strategies at school, we should examine more closely the learning environments in which children have spent time prior to starting school. In these environments, children have been successful learners because:
the world around them is an interesting place;
young children are naturally curious;
children want to explore, to experiment and to become competent;

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