If you are looking for some ideas around how to encourage students to incrementally become more self-directed, while also learning skills such as asking relevant questions and listening actively to the answers – this is a video to watch. Although it is age-specific, many of the skills and points made could easily be generalised to any learning situation.
Watch the video at: Blip m4v direct link (video file)
The description from the site reads: “Paula and Jan, 4th grade teachers from Louisiana and Kansas, share their lessons learned, experiences, and celebrations as Skype buddies. Included are ways to find other classes to connect with and how to find projects to get started”.