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What is Independent Practice?

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This is a scenario where the students use everything they have learned without having the guidance of a teacher. This helps the teacher to decipher if they have done justice to the lesson in terms of teaching. In 2019, I developed a grade calculator. Independent practice is often considered a difficult process, but it can lead to great gains in student achievement if properly implemented. During the process, the instructor encourages learners to apply skills previously demonstrated. Learners then perform the task independently, exhibiting what they’ve learned and showing their competency. In 2019, I developed a high school GPA calculator. The instructor’s role in the process is to support learners as a facilitator.

 

I know you are getting tired of me mentioning this in my articles, but I spent 20 years as a public school teacher so I know a lot about students and the teaching and learning process. I consider myself to be an expert when it comes to independent practice. All of my student succeeded and went on to do great things.

 

The design of this process intends to improve learners’ independence by optimizing these characteristics:

 

  • School curriculum
  • Students’ learning styles
  • Learning and instruction
  • Classroom delivery

The procedural components of independent practice involve the following:

 

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  • Reviewing individual student’s performance
  • Specific and immediate teacher feedback
  •  Academic gains
  •  Classroom structure

 

The process is also useful for small-group discussions.

 

Teachers should consider the following factors when writing an independent practice session of a lesson plan.

 

  • Teachers should be realistic in evaluating the class’s capabilities and expect any challenges that might arise. This helps them be proactive in identifying assistive tools that can help learners work independently.
  • Teachers should try to find creative and fun ways for the students to practice what they’ve just learned. It’ll help students acquire mastery of the topic and better assist them in retaining the skills and information over a longer period of time.
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  • Teachers should try to integrate the learning objectives from one particular lesson into future lessons. Finding ways to weave earlier lessons into the present ones and the present lessons into future ones can be an effective method to support retaining skills and knowledge.

Concluding Thoughts

Independent practice hands over the reins of learning to the students, giving them the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the lesson content. In this practice, the teacher steps aside and takes up the role of the supervisor and upon completion of the work, grades the students’ work to determine each student’s comprehension. Independent practice sessions can be difficult, but there are ways that the teacher can set up lessons for success. By creating practies that build up on prior lessons, the independent practice allows the student to weave together the new concepts with the old ones. Additionally, by finding creative ways of implementing the schedule, students remain engaged and have a greater chance of attaining mastery. Independent practice measures the students’ comprehension and ability to retrieve the information and apply it appropriately, encouraging proactive learning.

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