Giving students an active role contributes to their school success

The success of academic life plays a very important role in the child's life. Taking the school year forward and passing the subjects with good grades, as well as understanding the contents of the subjects, is basic for the youngest and adolescents. How to achieve these objectives? How to improve the life of the educational centers of the students?

On this matter the report has spoken "Why educate?"which has been developed by PwC and Ashoka along with other entities such as the Rey Juan Carlos University." In this paper we have analyzed the formulas that can help the child to achieve school success, techniques among which it is important to grant a more active role to the student. of the teaching process.


Student, agent of change

This study defines the student as the direct recipient of education, although it is emphasized that their voice does not have all the importance that it should have in the teaching process. In this point, Jesús Díaz de la Hoz, president of PwC stresses that it is necessary "to define a new framework where education can adapt to the demands and needs of the present and future of students, expanding traditional approaches by knowledge".

This report suggests starting new models where the role of the teacher is redefined to that of counselor and that of the student acquires a more active role. It is therefore a matter of giving more prominence to the student in the learning process while the teacher becomes a learning facilitator.


In this new approach the teacher serves to guide the student in the process of student research and learning, making it necessary for him to do a greater amount of work. For their part, the students initiate a cooperative teaching process where they must carry out various group activities.

The mission is to make the students work in small groups, from 3 to 6 members, with a diverse composition, not formed by acquaintances. These students are responsible for this activity, while teachers must remember this duty and facilitate as far as possible this mission, never perform it for them.

In this work each student assumes a role within the group, role that must fulfill responsibility to achieve the success of the circle since not fulfilling the duty has negative effects on the rest. This is the activity scheme that it is proposed:


- Presentation of the topic by the teacher.

- Distribution of roles, tasks and responsibilities among students. A group coordinator must be appointed.

- Planning, by the students, of the process taking into account the tasks and deadlines. At this point, teachers can act as counselors, especially for the youngest students.

- Work meetings to share the results obtained and inclusion in the common work.

- Attendance at meetings with the teacher to assess the work situation and to guide the students in order to obtain better results.

- Evaluation and sharing of the results with the rest of the class.

Increase of responsibility

Those responsible for this report explain that this new approach also helps the development of other social skills such as responsibility and interpersonal skills. The heterogeneous composition of the group makes the student learn socialization techniques, favoring their empathy and relationship towards other people.

"As the students themselves are those who develop research and learning in their entirety, they work on complex tasks, acquire new concepts, promote the divergent thinking and they discover creative solutions ", is exposed in this work that also emphasizes the student's preparation to the working world.From very young students are immersed in an environment that will be well known once they access their first job.

Damián Montero

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