Helping Students Develop Self-Regulation Skills

Mrs. Kajal Chhatija

Principal, Global Talent International School

It is a skill to develop self-confidence which will result in self-growth.

Our students are our future, to equip them with all the possible 21st century learning skills is need of the hour. The secret of success is the set of learned skills and self-regulation strategies. It is through this we can analyse our students and make them realise so that they think about what are we meant for and what are we good at? Through following certain set of rules and regulations, social and emotional balance, planning every day’s time table, making to-do list right from the elementary years, setting goals, planning to achieve them, using available resources, being focused, staying on tasks, working independently and completing the tasks effectively, having a mentor to support in need and solving the problems.

5 Simple ways to develop self-regulation skills in students

1. Knowing oneself

It is very essential for a teacher to sensitise the students about their set of skills. It can be achieved by having a simple daily routine of Omkara chanting before starting the class. Enable them to realise their higher goals through circle time activities. Cooperative learning will enhance their social communication and they will learn to respect each others opinion. Through these activities they will understand what are they good at and even realise their areas of improvement.

2. Learning Self-Discipline

Self- Discipline is as important for a student as a hammer for a blacksmith. Teachers to practice this skill get mastery over it and then teach this skill to his/her students. It is a very vital skill to train oneself. It is an ability to get things done and learn to control one’s behaviour, emotions and thoughts in the pursuit of long term goals. It can be in the form of imitating the teachers and whipping themselves into shape of the disciplined students.

3. Plan the day

As a regular chore, teachers must train the students to spend ten minutes to design the day’s time-table irrespective of school’s time-table. They must make their to-do list and by the end of the day, the plan should be revisited to witness the successful planning. This will enable our young minds to utilise their time effectively and creatively. It is a first step to make our future design thinkers, giving equal importance to planning, creating, executing, learning, researching which will make them planners, creators, executors, learners, researchers and much more.

4. Being focused and staying on task unless it is done

The successful planning must follow the actions, staying focused on the allotted tasks makes the effort easier to get completed. Students must be guided by the mentor at every step along with the designated prerequisites of the tasks.

5. Creating opportunities to solve problems

It is the responsibility of teachers to discuss problems faced in the regular lessons with the students. This will enable them experience meta-cognition and come up with the solutions through group discussions.

Mrs. Kajal Chhatija

Principal, Global Talent International School