Building Learning Power (BLP) is the focus for our Professional Learning this year. As stated in the June newsletter last year, this is the work on Guy Claxton, a British educationalist.
BLP is in many schools, both here and overseas, and the change in learning mindsets of both the staff and the students show this to be a very effective way to improve students’ learning outcomes. This concept fits with so much we already have, especially our learning and teaching strategic goals.
- It fits with our desire to address the learning needs of all.
- It fits with our appraisal focus of inquiry/trialling /reflection/professional growth.
- It is very much based on classroom practice.
- It is not about a huge new programme imposed on teachers and students.
- It is about tweaks, refinements and building a culture of learning, adding just a little bit more rather than overwhelming us all with a whole lot at once.
- It is researched based.
- It provides very digestible background material AND very practical concepts to take into the classroom.
- It is about future focused learning.
- Learners (both staff and students) are at the centre of the framework.
- The learning traits are transferrable into multiple context, not just some subjects or at school alone.
- It promotes ‘lifelong learning’ as described in the New Zealand curriculum.