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The Four Stages Of The Self-Directed Learning Model. Four Stages Of A Self-Directed Learning Model by TeachThought Staff Self-Directed Learning is not new, but is perhaps misunderstood.

The Four Stages Of The Self-Directed Learning Model

Studied in terms of adult education and vocation for years, self-directed learning is increasing in popularity for a variety of reasons, including growing dissatisfaction with public schooling, and the rich formal and informal learning materials available online. This is the “age of information” after all. Technology is a Tool, NOT a Learning Outcome. Last weekend, I whipped up a hand-drawn image on the role that technology should play in teaching and learning spaces.

Technology is a Tool, NOT a Learning Outcome.

Over the last five days, it’s been viewed over 4,000 times on Flickr and shared/favorited/retweeted over 500 times on Twitter. Thought you might want to see it too: (click to enlarge) The motivation behind the image was to remind teachers that carefully thinking through just what we want our kids to know and be able to do is the FIRST step that we need to take when making choices about the role that technology plays in our teaching. Sometimes I think we get blinded by the digital shine that comes off of new gadgets, tools and services. Leadership by Example. Leadership training usually does not work.

Leadership by Example

It seems that leadership coaching and mentoring is not that effective either. In a survey of 200 CIOs, only one leadership-development technique–mentoring or coaching–was rated as highly successful or successful by at least 50 percent of respondents. All others were rated as not successful or only somewhat successful by most respondents. Even mentoring and coaching was rated highly successful by only 14 percent of the CIOs.MBA-like executive education classes were rated the least effective development technique. “Sending your employees off to a course and expecting them to be an expert and apply the lessons is not as valuable as taking your own time to mentor and grow someone,” says Paul Brady, CIO of Arbella Insurance Group.