My name is Valerie Johnson, and I am an elementary school counselor. This is a lesson that I teach to my 5th grade students to encourage them to become more self-directed and independent learners. Often, we, as educators, spoon-feed our students the knowledge and skills they need to learn. One of my main goals over the last couple of years has been to improve the learning behaviors of my students. I believe the lessons within this unit accomplish this goal.