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  1. Self-Regulated Learning in a Reading Context Deborah Butler Faculty of Education University of British Columbia Changing Results for Young Readers Symposium August 26, 2013

  2. Agenda • What is self-regulated learning in a reading context? • How can we support SRL in reading? • What questions might learning teams take up in relation to self-regulation in reading?

  3. What is self-regulation in a reading context?

  4. What is Self-Regulated Learning in a Reading Context? Classic Definition of Self-Regulation: The ability to control thoughts and actions to achieve personal goals and respond to environmental demands (Zimmerman, 2008) Self-regulation is "active," strategic engagement Learners can take, and feel in control, over activities by deliberately and reflectively “self-regulating” learning

  5. Self-Regulating Emotions and Behaviour … Successful performance involves understanding and managing one’s emotions and behaviour so as to successfully engage in activities and with others Emotions experienced; Challenges to focus or motivation Using strategies to participate effectively (e.g., avoid being distracted; focus; manage emotions; work well with others) Awareness of expectations & one’s own strengths and challenges; one’s emotions; others’ emotions

  6. Reflection Think of a time when you were engaged in a an activity where you experienced distracting emotions (stress, worry, excitement) or struggled with motivation What did you feel? What led you to feel that way? What did you do to stay engaged in the activity (or did you)?

  7. Promoting Emotional and Behavioural Regulation Support learners to understand their own and others’ emotions and behaviour Support learners to learn how to strategically manage their emotions, behaviour, and motivation in/through activities • Social relationships • Sport/recreation • Learning in school See or

  8. Supporting Emotional and Behavioral Self-Regulation: Case Study Example Approach Daily conferences Building positive & trusting relationship with the student End-of-Year Observation "He is removing himself from a situation where he is feeling frustrated or has had enough"

  9. Supporting Emotional and Behavioral Self-Regulation: Case Study Example Approach: Teaching "MindUp" and Breathing. "The student would stop and take 3 long, deep breaths and then tell the other student 'no thank you' or later in the year, 'I feel ___, when you ____". End-of-Year Observation: "It took the majority of the year to get the student to finally be able to say this sentence on his own without my support, but now into May I am starting to hear small "I feel" sentences... he is using his words more than his hands now... and saying the sentence correctly!"

  10. Imagine Reading

  11. What Does Self-Regulated Reading Look Like in Classroom Contexts? Activity in Context Emotions & Motivation Interpreting Tasks History, Strengths, Challenges, Metacognition, Knowledge, Beliefs, Agency Adjusting Cycles of Self-Regulated Activity Planning Monitoring Enacting Strategies Butler, 2002; Butler et al., 2011

  12. What Students' Bring to Reading: Metacognitive Knowledge

  13. Task Performance Derailed: Misconceptions about Tasks (Based on 100 case studies of post-secondary learners; see Butler, 2003)

  14. Task Performance Derailed: Metacognition and Strategic Action (Butler, 2003)

  15. What Students' Bring to Reading: Self-Perceptions and Beliefs

  16. Self-Efficacy and Motivation • Students may have experienced challenges that lead to: • a lack of confidence • little sense of control over outcomes (i.e., low self-efficacy) • frustration, boredom, anxiety • They may: • try but be “actively inefficient” • give up • rebel

  17. "Even Geniuses Work Hard"Fostering a "Growth Mindset"(Dweck, 2010)

  18. Accounting for Success Activity in Context Interpreting Tasks "Success comes from applying and refining strategies" Adjusting Cycles of Self-Regulated Activity Planning Fabricus & Hagen (1984): 90% of Grade 1 & 2 students who attributed recall success to their use of "sorting strategy" used that strategy the "next time" they did the task (vs. 32%) Monitoring Enacting Strategies

  19. Reflection Consider the kinds of metacognitive knowledge and motivationally-charged "beliefs" learners bring to reading Have you seen these kinds of beliefs "in action" during reading activities? How can they support or derail engagement? What can we do to support students' construction of constructive knowledge and beliefs?

  20. How Can We Support Self-Regulation in Reading?

  21. Create Environments that Support SRL (see Perry & Drummond, 2002) Create activities/tasks that provide opportunities for self-regulation Promote autonomy • Choice • Control over challenge • Student self-assessment Scaffold support • Teacher Support • Peer Support Support SRL through non-threatening assessment practices & feedback

  22. Design Tasks that Afford Opportunities for Self-Regulation & Autonomy Imagine a grade 2/3 classroom in which students are asked to complete a research project on an animal of their choice. They are asked to do research on their animal by selecting and reading resources, and to write, edit, and “publish” expository text (using the computer; working together) (Perry & Drummond, 2002) Imagine a Kindergarten/Grade 1 classroom in which across a series of lessons students read The Three Little Pigs (twice), sequence events in the story, write sentences to describe each event, consider the social and moral dimensions of the story, and then choose and write an alternative ending (Perry, Nordby, & VandeKamp, 2003)

  23. Support That Empowers Learners: Three Themes • Strategic Questioning • supporting self-regulation in activity • making learning processes explicit • Bridging to independence • from teaching strategies to strategic learning • Supporting cycles of learning • feedback and self-assessment

  24. Strategic Questioning to Foster SRL • Interpreting Tasks • What is your job? • What is this assignment asking you to do? • How will you know if you’ve done a good job? • Choosing and Using Strategies • How will you approach this task (given what you are trying to do)? • What strategies have worked for you before? • Why don’t you show me what you can try? • I noticed you did this. Is that a strategy you are using? • What are you doing here that you can do again and again and again? • Monitoring/Adjusting • How are you doing? How do you know? • What criteria are you using here to judge your work? • What can you do differently to solve that problem?

  25. What Is Self-Regulation In “Kid Friendly” Terms?

  26. From Learning Strategies to Strategic Learning Case Study Example: Jennifer Perceptions of writing ability “unorganized, choppy would be the best way to describe it” Ineffective strategies “I write down my point and in the end I have a mess”. Frustration/giving up “I had to write a researched 500 word ... essay [for a scholarship application]. I couldn’t organize it at all. I couldn’t get any organization flow going. I kept jumping from point to point. So I got frustrated with it and didn’t apply.” (Butler, 1995)

  27. Jennifer’s Challenges? Example of Jen’s problem taking ownership of a strategy she had been taught for writing papers Had be taught “outlining” but didn’t like or understand it Developed a strategy of making “plans” (Butler, 1995)

  28. Benefits of Supporting Jennifer’s Self-Regulated Writing? Writing improved (B’s and A’s on assignments) Developed personalized strategies (her “plans”) Transfer of strategic action “I’m so concentrating on flow, I can pick up on other people’s flow now. So like, you know, the teacher’s going on, I no longer write down like, scribbling madly about every single point he makes, but I can almost summarize ... my note-taking is better now.” Self-perceptions of writing ability “And then just the marks are a lot different. That, I feel like, you know, like, when you’re walking around the class and we’re getting our essays back, my marks are average or above average. So I feel better about it. Like, I don’t feel like I’m such a dunce.” (Butler, 1995)

  29. From the Richmond “Learning through Reading" Project Based on formative assessments of secondary students’“learning through reading”, subject area teachers worked together to set goals They collaborated to refine classroom practices to foster self-regulated LTR Outcomes showed a positive impact on students’: • Understandings about academic work • Learning in relation to provincial curricula and performance standards (Butler, Schnellert, & Cartier, 2008, 2013)

  30. From the Richmond “Learning through Reading" Project (continued) • Student gains were greatest when practices: • Sustained attention to goals • Integrated learning goals into the curriculum • Attended explicitly to reading, thinking, learning processes • Fostered student independence (e.g., in decision-making; to achieve goals) (Butler, Schnellert, & Cartier, 2008, 2013)

  31. Reflection How can you construct practices that: (a) explicitly support students development of knowledge, beliefs, and strategic action, BUT ALSO (b) enable students to take control over their own learning?

  32. Self-Assessment and Feedback "Teacher feedback is input that, together with students' own internal input, will help the students decide where they are in regard to the learning goals they need or want to meet and what they will tackle next." (Brookhart, 2008) Activity in Context Interpreting Tasks Adjusting Cycles of Self-Regulated Activity Planning Interpreting assessments & feedback Monitoring Enacting Strategies Generating "internal" feedback (Butler & Winne, 1995)

  33. The Power of Feedback Halbert & Kaser (2013): "The purpose of feedback is to increase the extent to which learners are the owners of their own learning" (p. 21) Timperley (n.d.): "Feedback can be detrimental, "When it does not give information about how to improve, for example: Tentative grades with no comments Feedback associated with extrinsic rewards Personal praise / criticism that distracts from the task" You are so clever

  34. The Power of FeedbackHattie & Timperley (2007) Purpose for feedback: To reduce any discrepancy between goals and where students are now Feedback that had these qualities was related to students’ gains in writing performance (Parr & Timperley, 2010)

  35. Encouraging Self-Assessment & Strategy Revision

  36. Growth Mindset & FeedbackDweck (2010) “Praising students for the process they have engaged in—the effort they applied, the strategies they used, the choices they made, the persistence they displayed, and so on—yields more long-term benefits than telling them they are “smart” when they succeed.” (p. 18) Emphasize challenge, not success Give a sense of progress Grade for growth Add "yet"

  37. Reflection • How can progress monitoring tools, formative assessments, and other forms of feedback support: • student's engagement in cycles of learning? • development of metacognition & positive motivational beliefs? • students' taking control over learning?

  38. Summary: Empowering Readers If students are to take “control” over learning, they need to be supported to: • Build and apply productive metacognitive knowledge and beliefs • Be clear on what they are supposed to be doing (anchoring learning in goals) • Actively and reflectively self-direct learning with goals, criteria in mind • Self-monitor progress and self-assess • Adjust performance (during the activity and "next time") • Manage engagement (motivation, emotions, behaviour)

  39. Common Features of SRL-Supportive Practices? • They connect and surface learners’ strengths, interests and experiences • They make discussion about reading, learning, and writing processes explicit • They integrate discussions about reading, learning, and writing processes with content instruction • They put responsibility on students to manage their learning • They require students to articulate their understandings about content & learning processes

  40. Supporting Self-Regulated Reading: Case Study Examples He is much more aware of his learning and he can express specific details about his learning (metacognition) This student is more confident in his learning (self-efficacy) She recalls and uses reading strategies we have been practicing, has favourites (metacognition & strategic action) I see this student now corrects himself (in oral language) (self-monitoring/adjusting) She doesn't give up, even if something is hard (growth mindset, persistence)

  41. What questions might learning teams take up this year, in relation to self-regulated learning in a reading context?

  42. Research to Practice in SRL: Initiatives and Resources

  43. http:/ Building Supports for Inquiry-Based Professional Learning UBC SRL Masters Concentrations MEd Cohort: Jan 2014 MA/MEd On-Campus: Sept 2014 BEd Program: SRL Cohort (Middle Years) Supports to On-Going Professional Learning SRL Institute: June 2013 CR4YR, Learning Team Facilitation, PD Engagements SRL Canada Consortium




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