Promoting Student-Led Learning in Elementary School

By Tiffany Perry 
edutopia.org
5 min



Giving students chances to make classroom decisions and manage discussions guides them to take agency in their learning.


On the first day of school this year, I gave my class directions for our activity and told them, “I need five groups.” They looked at me for a few seconds; and then, when they realized I wasn’t going to say anything else, a few students started counting how many people were in class and moving them into groups. At that moment, my students could tell that I wasn’t always going to tell them exactly what to do and that they could make decisions on their own.

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