Building learning power

Professor Guy Claxton discusses the importance of designing learning that builds student agency – learning power. 

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Language for learning

Video (3.03 mins)

Our most powerful influence on our students aside from home backgrounds is language.  To get ‘buy in’ we need to translate the language of learning power into language that is fresh, appealing and accessible to students and their parents.

Getting kids thinking

Video (4.12 mins)

Guy Claxton explains different learning routines:

  • Plus – Minus – Interesting (PMI)
  • See – Think – Wonder
  • Try Three Before Me
  • Brain – Book – Buddy – Boss
  • Independent – Collaborative – Teacher
  • Other People’s Shoes
  • Two Stars and a Wish

Talking about learning

Video (4.05 mins)

A little thing that makes a big difference is helping kids learn how to talk about the process of learning.  This involves teachers and students changing the way they speak together in class.

Results – what students say

Video (3.59 mins)

UK students and teachers comment about their progress with learning power.  

Professor Guy Claxton discusses a few powerful examples.

Results – test scores

Video (6.00 mins)

Professor Guy Claxton shares Standardised Assessment Tests (SAT) scores results from nine primary and eight secondary schools who are building their learning power.  The data shows that it doesn’t matter if you’re a high achieving or a struggling school, the scores go up when students are actively building their learning agency.

Love of reading matters!

Video (3.28 mins)

Lots of international research shows that the love of reading is the biggest predictor of a person’s social wellbeing as a 30 year old.

Leadership that builds learning power

Video (4.18 mins)

A leaders’ role is to be head pedagogical coach to support teachers develop new teaching habits.

A mixture of pressure and support with every teacher trying something is key.

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