Voices of Learners

How can students excel in their learning outcomes? That is a question that we, as educators and as parents, sometimes weight. Educating our descendants is a collective action, and learning occurs in both formal and informal instances. Parents are concerned about their children’s success.

We want our children to accomplish milestones, and we want them to reach high. Similarly, every educator’s best intention is to help all students meet high expectations. Also, every educator tries to facilitate all students in a way that creates a sense of worth, potential and empowerment. However, occasionally students’ potential and their performance do not match. A various number of reasons may hinder a student to activate his/her potential into success in learning. It might be a lack of background knowledge, decreased motivation, learning environmental issues, emotional challenges or cognitive or biological reasons. Fortunately, there are many ways to close the gap between students’ performance and their potential.

From the educator’s point of view, the most important and influential component is the belief in students. From the student’s side, the most important factor is motivation. When belief and motivation are summed up, there is a good chance for learning to take place. Nevertheless, there are times when learning outcomes stay at a minimum even though the learning circumstances are optimal. That is when we must start looking at the way we teach and make sure that we listen to our students and give them reasonable challenges


As a response to the question of how to excel in learning, we should start with a question: “What is best for this learner?” – What are the needs of this learner? How is this teaching practice meeting the needs of the learner? Instead of labelling students with any issues they may have, we must start removing barriers and focusing on their potential and their strengths. As we learned in the PYP Assembly on the theme of “inclusion” last week, everyone has got talent. According to research, the most significant factor influencing learning results is the time consumed within the topic or skill. It is the targeted practice that counts.

Karoliina Bøg Hokka
Special Educational Needs Coordinator / SENCO