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

Distinctions and Misconceptions

Distinctions and Misconceptions

Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.

Martin Luther King

So now you know the philosophy and rationale for the Learning Power Approach (LPA), and have an idea as to what it looks and sounds like in practice. Remember my image of the socket set: This book provides the conceptual “handle” onto which the following three practical “socket” books are going to fit. They will focus on primary teaching, secondary teaching, and whole-school culture change and leadership. There may be others, for example, on early childhood education, tertiary education, and teacher training. In this chapter I want to round up some of the critical features of the LPA, emphasizing where these differ from some other approaches that are superficially ...

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