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 11: Joining the Culture Club
Joining the Culture Club
If we create a culture where every teacher believes they need to improve, not because they are not good enough but because they can be even better, there is no limit to what we can achieve.
The Learning Power Approach (LPA) seems an obvious way ahead for education. Schools should be preparing kids to flourish in a complicated and demanding world. Just trying to squeeze better test scores out of them is not enough. We know that, in the long run, character counts for more than examination results. To prosper—to live good lives—today’s students will need curiosity, determination, concentration, imagination, camaraderie, thoughtfulness, and self-discipline as well as literacy, numeracy, general knowledge, and the best possible grades. These ...