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 4: How Do I Get Started? : Some Quick Wins
How Do I Get Started? : Some Quick Wins
You should by now have a broad sense of what the Learning Power Approach (LPA) is up to. But after that orientation, the next step has to be to do something different in the classroom. This is critical—and it may feel risky. After all, you may have been teaching for some years, and many of your habits may have become so ingrained that you aren’t even aware that they are habits. Unless you are right at the beginning of your teaching career, you will almost certainly have found a way that works—that keeps your learners interested, amiable, and on task—and now I’m asking you to put that sense ...