Educator Toolbox

TXGU Activity: Taking Ownership of Learning

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Created By:
 Texas GEAR UP

Grade Level: 9th/10th

Introduction for Educators: Student self-efficacy and self-confidence have been recognized as major components in a model of student ownership of learning.

Introduction for Students: When we examine our past mistakes we can learn from them. As humans, we develop our self-evaluation skills and confidence by learning—and growing—from challenges we’ve tried to overcome in the past.


The Activity: Think about a barrier you could face that might possibly keep you from going to college. Once you’ve done that, ask a parent, teacher, or friend to help you find three things you can do to overcome that barrier.

Bonus Features: Work with students to create a mantra or slogan they can use when they are facing barriers that could keep them from going to college.