Building 101 Ways to Learning Power

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This handbook is written for classroom teachers who have been introduced to the idea of learning power, and who are interested in using it in practice. Ideally, they will have read Guy Claxton s Building Learning Power, key concepts of which are summarised very briefly on pages 4 to 7 of this handbook. You will not find a list of detailed tricks and tips; this is not an instruction manual. The process of building learning power is far too dynamic for that. We are inviting you to make a step change in what you are trying to effect in the classroom. There are lists, and classroom examples, and suggestions, but most of these aim to encourage you to expand your own thinking about how you can help young people to become better learners. Although there are no shortcuts, there are things you can do immediately that will develop learning dispositions and make teaching more rewarding. Successfully fostering the habits needed for lifelong learning takes a little longer! A tricky choice. Learning power works for all ages, and this handbook applies equally to primary and secondary classrooms. However, where primary school teachers tend to refer to their young learners as pupils, secondary school teachers prefer the term students: whichever word an author picks, she risk offending half of her potential readers. In this handbook we have plumped for students : the learning power model treats young people as our active co-participants in the processes of learning, and whatever the reality in the classroom the connotations of student perhaps carry more of this active sense than those of the word pupil . This last point contains the vital aspect of learning power that takes it forward from earlier approaches to learning to learn. Learning power engages your students consciously with the ideas and processes of their own learning, in the knowledge that learning itself is learnable. We are grateful to Dr Bill Lucas for his helpful comments on an earlier draft. Our thanks go, too, to Dean Purnell for his work on the design and DTP; and to the students and staff of St Michael on the Mount Primary School, Bedminster Down School and Cotham School in Bristol who appear in the photographs in this book.

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When teachers focus on building learning power in their classrooms, the impact on learners can be startling. I ve seen this happen in schools across the UK when teachers have begun to think creatively about the ways in which they can help young people become better learners. We all know that if you put a deep, practical understanding of learning at the heart of what goes on in classrooms, it will have wide-ranging impact on all young people. This book is the first in a series of practical handbooks stemming from my earlier book, Building Learning Power. It is designed to encourage you to think differently about the ways in which you work with students, and to join other teachers who have changed their focus from the narrow fields of attainment and behaviour to the broader horizons of lifelong learning. As you journey through this book you will build your own capacity to be a learning powered individual and to generate those 101 approaches that are going to work in your classroom. This approach has been tried and tested through the extensive development work I have been doing with many teachers over the last ten years. You know that putting learning at the heart of what you do makes sense. We know that Building Learning Power works. --Professor Guy Claxton

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Maryl Chambers and Graham Powell have spearheaded the development of TLO Limited s Building Learning Power programme, helping to bring Guy Claxton s ground-breaking work to schools and teachers. Maryl is one of the founders of TLO, where she has applied her wide experience of designing learning-focused training to creating and developing the innovative programmes for which the company is renowned. She is coauthor of many of TLO s publications. Graham has been headteacher of a large comprehensive school, and a Senior Adviser and Inspector with Gloucestershire LEA. Since becoming a Principal Consultant with TLO in September 2000, he has specialised in applying innovative coaching methods in professional development. He is co-author of several of TLO s handbooks, including the very successful Pathways to Coaching. Guy Claxton is an internationally acclaimed writer, consultant, lecturer and academic, specialising in creativity, education and the mind. He is Visiting Professor of Learning Science at the University of Bristol s Graduate School of Education, and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has written extensively on subjects from creative thinking to Buddhism, by way of the uses and value of uncertainty in learning, and what it is that makes people effective lifelong learners.

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