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

Learning Power in Action : Some Classroom Illustrations

Learning Power in Action: Some Classroom Illustrations

After all that conceptualization, it is time to get back into the classroom and take a more detailed look at the Learning Power Approach (LPA) in action. I’ll describe a series of lessons and draw out their “learning-power-ness,” so you can deepen your sense of how the approach works and the difference that it can make.

The first example comes from Becky Carlzon’s mixed Year 1/Year 2 class at Christ Church Infants School in Bristol, England. Becky writes a blog at www.learningpowerkids.com, and this is one of her recent posts about encouraging her children to become better editors of their own writing. On January 7, 2017, Becky wrote,

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