“When you are young, you hardly get the chance to find out who you are, because others tell you all the time.”
– Toon Hermans
For us, the child is the center of the learning process. However, most children find it difficult to put themselves first. The work is made for the teacher or for a reward; extrinsic motivation. As a result, there is little or no opportunity for self-directed learning. Intrinsic motivation means that something is done because of inherent interest or inherent pleasure in the performance of a task (Oostdam R., Peetsma T., 2007)
The point is that the control comes from the child, whereby he or she gains insight into his or her own actions. In this way, they will become owners of their own behavior and take matters into their own hands.
Self-direction plays a major role in daily life. It is not only necessary in education, but also in daily activities and tasks. Self-management includes being able to listen attentively, collaborate with others, be able to flexibly change roles or tasks, apply rules in new situations, show empathy, gain insight into complex tasks, and consistently take initiative.
To get the best out of the students, we rely on self-directed learning and learning from intrinsic motivation. We organize our lessons in a way that students share responsibility for their learning. We achieve this by teaching each student the right organization, planning, and work methods.