How to be an Autonomy Supportive Teacher

Do you want to support your learners and be an effective teacher and role model to your students in the classroom?
Controlling Teaching
Teachers often speak, act, and present content in a very controlling manner. They may believe that speaking in an assertive way will get the attention of the audience. However, good as their intentions may be, speaking in a controlling manner does not motivate and ensure lifelong sustained learning. I have experienced the results of controlled teaching as a learner and teacher. 
Open Teaching
Autonomy supportive teachers generally have an open mindset. They are open to learning with and for their students.
I find that involving the learner in the teaching and learning process and ensuring that learners of all ages have an autonomy-supportive environment is very important to learning. 
These are some resources that you may find useful in your research on Learner Autonomy Supportive Teacher
Reeve J. (2016) Autonomy-Supportive Teaching: What It Is, How to Do It. In: Liu W., Wang J., Ryan R. (eds) Building Autonomous Learners. Springer, Singapore.
Phithakmethakun, M., & Chinokul, S. (2020). Autonomy-Supportive English Language Instruction: An Experimental Study on Students’ Motivation in English Language Classrooms. LEARN Journal: Language Education and Acquisition Research Network13(1), 94-113. Available at
Wang, J. C. K., Ng, B. L., Liu, W. C., & Ryan, R. M. (2016). Can being autonomy-supportive in teaching improve students’ self-regulation and performance?. In Building autonomous learners (pp. 227-243). Springer, Singapore. Available at
Yu, R. (2020). On Fostering Learner Autonomy in Learning English. Theory and Practice in Language Studies10(11), 1414.

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