THE LEARNING POWER APPROACH

Teaching students to teach themselves  
 

Guy Claxton
Visiting Professor of Education
King's College London


About

Everyone knows what the Holy Grail of education is: schools and classrooms that help all students get the best grades they can AND build genuinely useful, transferable real-world capabilities and dispositions at the same time. Not just grit, resilience and growth mindset, or ‘critical and creative thinking’, but control of attention, appropriate scepticism, interoceptive awareness and learning agility. What has been less widely understood is exactly how to configure a classroom so that mastering content and developing positive learning dispositions naturally become the warp and weft of the curriculum. The Learning Power Approach (LPA) provides the details. It offers a series of small, manageable tweaks to classroom practice that reliably boost both kinds of learning at the same time.
 

Who Should Attend?

All classroom teachers, middle leaders and senior leadership teams K-12 who genuinely think that education is about more than literacy, numeracy, grades and trophies. It is helpful to have at least two members of the same school who can sustain their LPA learning together.

 

Why Attend?

Discussions about how to implement the general capabilities have sometimes lacked clarity, precision, specific advice and enough real-life advice and illustrations about how to do it well – and get even better grades! It takes much more than some fancy graphics and impressive looking matrices that don’t actually tell you HOW to do it. If you could do with some clear practical guidance, this is the masterclass for you.

 

What To Bring?

Laptop, tablet, smart phone – or good old-fashioned pen and paper. Internet access not required.

 

Agenda

8:30 |  Arrival

9:00 |  Commencement

9:00 – 10:30 |  Session 1: The Learning Power Approach: A New School of Thought
The LPA is the common philosophy that underpins a variety of leading edge initiatives in pedagogy. We will explore what Habits of Mind, Cultures of Thinking, Studio Schools, International Baccalaureate, Expeditionary Learning, Tools of the Mind and Building Learning Power have in common. We will see how they are critically different from Visible Learning, Formative Assessment and Teaching Like a Champion. And we will review the recent science and solid evidence that lie behind the LPA.


10:30 – 10:50 |  Tea & Coffee Break (20 mins)

10:50 – 12:30 |  Session 2: Designing the Learning Power Classroom: The Nitty-Gritty  
Together, the Learning Power approaches have generated a powerful set of principles on which to design a culture that nurtures both high achievement and the growth of learning dispositions. We will look at some real lessons (for a variety of ages and subjects) and identify the magic ingredients. Participants will have time to practice designing Learning Power lessons for their own context, and to identify some of the beliefs and assumptions that, if unexamined, can hamper progress.


12:30 – 13:20 |  Lunch Break (50 mins)

13:20 – 14:40 |  Session 3: Leading for Learning Power (Whatever Your Role or Status)
At the core of the LPA is a set of small, smart, cumulative tweaks to teaching methods that, over time, add up to a profound culture change in the classroom. The only problem is that some of them may involve changing well-worn, often unconscious habits. This requires organisational will and support. In this session we will look at some of the institution-wide practices that enable these changes to happen as smoothly and harmoniously as possible.


14:40 – 15:00 |  Tea & Coffee Break (20 mins)

15:00 – 16:00 |  Session 4: Planning the Campaign  
In this final session there will be ample time to review the learning of the day, ask questions, share ideas, formulate plans and intentions for the future, and offer helpful feedback to the course leader on how he can walk his own talk ever more consistently and effectively.


16:00 |  Conclusion

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