Agility is an essential aspect of learning. Agile learners tend to enjoy their learning experience. Also, they tend to have a better mastery of their careers. Such ability makes them better job performers and even leaders. It is, therefore, critical for every teacher or instructor to identify the agile learners to help them grow. Fellow learners who are not agile in most cases are never attracted to the agility of such students. This is why they need to be supported to bring out the greatness in them. What defines an agile learner?
1. Open to change
These tend to be open to change. They do not feel disorganized when told to do things in different ways. To them, learning can go on. They focus more on the result than on the method. For instance, they would have no problem when told to learn outside the formal classroom set up. If anything, every experience is a lesson to them. This aspect makes them very innovative even in their career.
2. Set challenging goals
Agile learners are risk-takers. They are more interested in trying to do something than to leave it attempted. For instance, they usually are willing to respond to questions in class even if they are not sure of the right answer. It does not matter how challenging the task. Their motivation is always to achieve their set goal. The challenge with this trait is that it makes them get to the extreme extent of overworking to accomplish the goal. This might occasionally drain them if they are not well supervised.
3. They take responsibility
It is also clear that these learners always take responsibility for every outcome where they are involved, whether directly or indirectly. They practically do not blame others for failures, even if they had a group responsibility. This explains why they don’t reject a call to lead a leaning group. To them, failures are lessons to learn from and not to pull a blame game on other people. Dealing with such learners is relatively easy since no time is wasted looking for who is wrong. They take responsibility and allow room for learning to continue.
4. Determined to get feedback
This is yet another trait of this particular category of learners. Experiences are their teacher. Therefore, they will always want to get feedback majorly to improve. They would have no problem spending the whole day on one task till they get it right than to do many unsuccessful tasks in a day. These learners will connect with their instructors to learn how to do a task better. They are the type of learners who will not get annoyed when told to repeat a task for a better outcome. Their primary concern is the success and nothing more in their learning experience.
5. Take time to reflect
They also tend to take time and reflect on their learning outcomes. At the end of a lesson or a term, they would want to know what they did not do well and probably to find out how best they can do it. From a general perspective, these learners usually are seen as ‘slow’ or ‘perfectionists’ simply because they want to make one best before moving on with their learning. They are never on the go. They take time to think about their progress in learning and make improvements. Emotionally, they appear strong to make them look okay even when they are not.