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					                Learning and Teaching – Building Learning Power

At the heart of everything we do is Building Learning Power in each child so that they
can play a key role in society as life long learners. I am sure you will have heard
many of the children mention „BLP‟, something we actively promote. BLP is based
on the work of Professor Claxton and is firmly rooted in research and science. It
suggests that there are several broad dispositions that we need to develop in order
to become lifelong learners.

We need to provide our children with the capacity to meet the unknown challenges of
the twenty-first century. The notion of giving them „portable learning power‟ so that
they are able to rise to these challenges is at the heart of BLP.

There are four key learning dispositions – Resilience, Resourcefulness,
Reflectiveness and Reciprocity.

These learning dispositions can be developed by everyone regardless of ability or
age.

We can think of these learning dispositions as being like groups of „learning
muscles‟. Just as we can build on our physical muscles by the right kinds of
exercise, so we can exercise our learning muscles to develop their strength and
stamina. Developing the dispositions that make for success as a lifelong learner
equates to achieving a good level of all-round learning fitness.

We encourage our children to be fit for learning both mentally and physically.

We are teaching children to expand their learning capacities and we do this by the
way we talk to children, organise the classroom and design activities, as well as how
we actually teach. We look for exciting and creative ways in which we can use it to
challenge our children‟s thinking and learning.

“Being a good learner is not about how much you know – rather, it is about knowing
what to do when you don‟t know.”

“The point at which we become stuck, is the point at which we start learning.”

Resilience
This is being ready willing and able to lock onto learning – knowing how to work
through difficulties when the pressure mounts or the going gets tough.

Resilience is made up of …..
       Absorption
       Perseverence
       Managing distractions
       Noticing.
Resourcefulness
This is being ready, willing and able to learn in different ways – using both internal
and external resources effectively, calling on different ways of learning as
appropriate.

Resourcefulness is made up of:
     Questioning
     Imagining
     Making links
     Reasoning
     Capitalising

Reflectiveness
This is being ready, willing and able to become more strategic about learning –
taking a longer-term view by planning, taking stock, and drawing out your
experiences as a learner to get the best out of yourself.

Reflectiveness is made up of:
       Planning,
       Revising
       Distilling,
       Meta-learning

Reciprocity
This is being ready, willing and able to learn alone or with other people using a
sense of independent judgement together with skills in communication and empathy.

Reciprocity is made up of:
      Interdependence
      Imitation
      Collaboration
      Empathy & Listening

				
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