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

Design Principles of the LPA Classroom

Design Principles of the LPA Classroom

The medium is the message.

Marshall McLuhan

Having had a look at a few detailed examples of the Learning Power Approach (LPA) in action, let’s stand back again and get a more general idea of what these teachers are up to. In this chapter I am going to draw out some of the design principles that underpin what goes on in an LPA classroom. We have found that teachers are hungry for “worked examples” of what LPA looks like in practice, such as those in the previous chapter. But it doesn’t work simply to try to replicate them in a different school with different kids. As 11-year-old Raven said in the last chapter, if you ...

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