Student-led initiatives: examples of self-led learning among SEK students

Some of the essential elements of the Future Learning Model (FLM), that came about through the review of the SEK Schools teaching framework, the Intelligent Classroom (IC), are agency, co-creation, and student self-led learning.

Our major priority is to foster students’ motivation and autonomy, so that they can jointly develop and create their own learning pathways, in a self-led and independent way. The development of self-management skills is key in the IC methodology.

In addition to creating a dynamic environment for student learning, at SEK Education Group we promote action, from different perspectives, as a result of learning. Likewise, we apply teaching methods that facilitate the participation of students in their learning. All tasks must involve real learning experiences to solve real-world problems, including elements of global citizenship and social innovation. They should encourage self-led learning strategies, personal autonomy, information processing and metacognition.

One of the key roles of the teacher is to facilitate the transfer of knowledge, skills and understanding. Teachers use different methodologies to develop students’ skills and abilities from a holistic perspective, and encourage deep, meaningful and lasting learning.

BrainFood

Below are some specific examples of self-led learning initiatives in SEK students’ curriculum:

SEK Education Group is a leader in education for health. There is clear evidence of the connections between health and academic achievement, as well as the importance of evidence-based school practices. SEK-Ciudalcampo partnered with Stephen Heppell, expert in educational innovation and Felipe Segovia Chair of Innovation for Learning at Camilo José Cela University, and the school meals company Catergest in a project of mutual interest. They aimed to encourage healthy eating habits that have a positive effect on learning.

A group of students passionate about the project launched the Brain Food Group and worked on several initiatives to raise awareness of the importance of healthy eating, specifically, going to great lengths to include 20 “brain foods” in our diets. As a result, they produced a recipe book with the aim of promoting healthy eating habits. We hope you enjoy the book!

  • The project was presented to the entire SEK community in a webinar. The idea is that students from other schools join this initiative and implement it at their schools.
  • Contact: LEIRE BARRONDO RUBIO: r@alumno.sek.es/ Jen Pro: jennifer.pro@sek.es
  • Website: brainfoodproject.es
Learnometers

These devices are designed by Stephen Heppell, Director of the Felipe Segovia Chair at Camilo José Cela University. In addition to measuring CO2 and relative humidity in each classroom, these devices measure volatile organic compounds (TVOC) and airborne dust (PM 2.5), temperature, light and ambient noise.

The data is received and analysed continually to ensure that conditions are optimal. The students themselves have been in charge of measuring and monitoring and have participated in the adoption of new measures to improve classroom experiences through research in their science subjects.

Heppell and his team have offered follow-up webinars at all the schools.