maple leaf 8-7. The Walkabout Papers

"Challenging Students to Challenge Themselves"

The Challenge Paradigm allows students to learn the skills of making their own educational decisions and following their own educational programs. At the center of this new paradigm must be a process that enables students to design and manage their own learning. The process must be eminently practical, adaptable to all grade levels, and appropriate for use throughout life. The following process meets those criteria and provides a core on which to build:

1. Goal-setting = reviewing the choices for learning, making decisions about what is important to learn, and setting a clear goals to pursue;

2. Strategic planning = outlining exactly what has to be learned and accomplished, selecting those methods of learning that are appropriate for the task and for one's learning style, and organizing a plan of action for achieving the goal;

3. Self-management = learning to organize and manage time and effort by recognizing and solving such personal problems as disorder and lack of self-discipline, when they arise, and by securing the resources necessary for implementing the learning plan;

4. Self-evaluation = determining in advance what would constitute a high-quality learning outcome, seeking and using information about one's progress, and making a final judgment about one's success; and

5. Review = looking back over what was learned and achieved, considering what worked well and what didn't (in order to focus on key improvements in the next cycle), and only then making decisions about the next goal and endeavor.

Dr. Maurice Gibbons
1155 West 8th Ave
Vancouver, B.C.
V6H 1C5

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