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

What Exactly Is the Aim of the Learning Power Approach?

What Exactly Is the Aim of the Learning Power Approach?

Tomorrow’s illiterate will not be the man who can’t read; he will be the man who has not learned how to learn.

Herbert Gerjuoy1

I want to dive in and examine the aim of the Learning Power Approach (LPA) in more detail. In this chapter I will explain what its intentions and guiding principles are. We will look at some examples of the LPA in action, to put some detailed flesh on the bones and bring the skeleton to life. Then, in the following chapter, I’ll get you to think about some smart tweaks that you might make, right away, to your own classroom. (If you ...

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