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November 1, 2022
Vol. 80
No. 3
School Tool

Teaching Self-Directed Learning Skills

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      Need help structuring and assessing self-directed learning projects? Building Essential Skill Today (BEST), a group of researchers and teachers across four New Hampshire school districts, has developed a free collection of rubrics and tools to support K–12 educators in this work. The toolkit includes rubrics, self-assessments, self-direction road maps, action plans, and reflections, all designed to develop students' independent-learning skills. Educators can use the rubrics, developed from the Essential Skills and Dispositions Framework, to guide learning and give students feedback-related success criteria and next steps for learning.

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