Making SAC’s Work : The Role of the
Learners need more support in SAC’s than
we’re giving them
They don’t know how to be independent or
They don’t necessarily know how to go about
learning on their own.
Possible Counselor questions
What is your goal for this session?
How are you going to approach the task?
How are you going to know when you have
reached your goal?
What will you do about any learning
problems that arise?
There is a need to recognize to
promote independent learning.
The role of the teacher/counselor is to
Guide, not instruct
Ask questions, not give answers
Identify needs, not solve problems
Increase awareness, offer options, not
explain and give solutions
Help them recognize their responsibility in
the learning process
Help them clarify learning goals
Help them establish goals
Our job is to….
Basically, help learners shift in their belief
of their role in the learning process.
Effective counseling requires
Extensive counselor training (skills,