Become mind-fit for life! Learning is learnable! Educators can explicitly teach not just content, knowledge and skills, but also positive learning attitudes and habits of mind. Guy Claxton‘s The Learning Power Approach will help teachers understand how ‘every lesson, every day’ shapes the way students see themselves as learners. This is the beauty of the Learning Power Approach: it is something all teachers can integrate into their daily practice. Claxton’s work helps us notice ‘what lies beneath’ the surface of our teaching and attend more closely to the way we shape dispositions and attitudes. Readers will find: • approaches focused on building character alongside knowledge acquisition • cognitive, social and neuroscientific supportive evidence • practical illustrations and strategies Written by a renowned cognitive scientist, this book offers a ground-breaking set of design principles for strengthening students’ learning muscles. “This is the beauty of the Learning Power Approach. It is not a program, not a subject, not an add-on - it is something all teachers can integrate into their practice on a daily basis. Claxton’s work helps us notice ‘what lies beneath‘ the surface of our teaching and to attend much more closely to the way we shape dispositions and attitudes to learning.” Kath Murdoch, Education Consultant University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Chapter 2: What Is Learning?
What Is Learning?
A camel is stronger than a human being; an elephant is larger; a lion has greater valor; cattle eat more than a person; birds are more virile. People were made for the purpose of learning.
Learning power is the ability (and the inclination) to learn. As we grow up, we have lots of experiences that can either augment or diminish that capacity to learn. The Learning Power Approach (LPA) aims to ensure that, whatever we do in schools, we don’t undermine our students’ learning power. And then, we identify the different mental ingredients that go to make up learning power, and devise ways, in schools and especially in classrooms, that teachers can actively strengthen the learning ...