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Building Better Learners: On-line start

Who for? Schools new to Learning Power where face to face start-ups are not possible, e.g. schools overseas, or tiny schools.
When? Any day of the year! (no In-service day required)
What for? Introduce senior leaders and staff to the principles, frameworks and first step classroom practices of building powerful learners. An essential introduction to the big picture of the approach enabling staff and leaders alike to hit the ground running when they begin the subsequent online Stepping Stones programme.
How? 
Online resource pack: 
Modules for senior leaders to consider strategic change management involved, as well as modules for all staff explaining the frameworks and practice of learning power.
AND…Online programme: 
Stepping Stones Phase 1 for all staff, containing a good year’s worth of content.

Benefits of this blended learning programme for the school

Our core programmes are guided by best practice thinking in professional development.  This means we blend online information with in-school learning teams. Our researched information comes to you online. You  discuss and explore it in learning teams across the school. Teachers then plan, use and share the changes they want to make in their classrooms. This way of learning together organises a consistent school-wide approach to developing pupils’ learning behaviours and:

  • Shifts the culture of the school to becoming more learning friendly
  • Focuses learning teams on a gradual change process
  • Builds expertise right across the school
  • Ensures the school STARTS and STAYS on a proven right track
  • Ensures you build better learners RIGHT not LITE
  • Organises professional development activities throughout a year
  • Scaffolds in-house training, saving cover costs for external courses
  • Has a far greater impact on classroom practice than traditional staff development activity.

The blended programme includes

First Steps, the online start-up training package.

The purpose of this online pack of resources is to unpack the big picture frameworks of the learning power approach, introduce some practical start-up ideas and suggest strategies to keep the approach alive. There is enough background information and exercises to prepare senior leaders, learning champions and staff to make best use of the deeper ideas introduced in the accompanying Stepping Stones Phase 1 online course. 

Everyone in the school is signed up to the online package so its content is available to everyone, any time, anywhere. It will serve not only today’s staff but those who join next year and thereafter.

The resources ensure leaders:

  • Build their confidence in how to lead a complex change programme
  • Have enough resources to confidently explore the ideas with staff
  • Understand why the subsequent online programme [Stepping Stones Phase 1] has to be blended with in-school teacher learning communities to ensure changes in classroom practice
  • Have enough resources to ensure learning friendly classrooms remain active into the future….not a fizzling-out one year wonder

 

The resource ensures staff:

  • Feel confident that the approach is relevant, worthwhile and manageable
  • Feel prepared to take on the deeper learning from the Stepping Stones Phase 1 online modules
  • Are clear about the purpose and value of learning in Professional Learning Teams
  • Have enough material to make a practical start on shifting their classroom to having a more learning friendly culture

 

First Steps start up package consists of five online modules

Modules 1 & 5  are written for senior leaders and consider the strategic change management issues for taking on and sustaining this innovation.

Modules 2 & 3 are written for all staff and explain the framework of learning habits for better learning and how these can be developed in the classroom.

Module 4 explores the online and team learning aspects of the Building Better Learners: Stepping Stones blended learning programme and how to ensure the programme works effectively for the school.

Together these modules make for a very cost effective DIY start to the school’s learning journey.

 

Online Programme – Stepping Stones Phase 1 

The course covers four key Learning Habits:

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Perseverance

Perseverance is key to the learning journey. It is vital that pupils are able to get to grips with the knotty emotions of learning, and can view and use them positively as aids to the journey, not as setbacks.

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Collaboration

At its least sophisticated, collaboration is little more than being cooperative. At its most sophisticated and complex levels it goes beyond learning ‘in a team’ and becomes learning ‘as a team’. It is an invaluable life skill.

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Questioning

The desire to ask questions to satisfy innate curiosity is alive and well in very young children, as any parent of a 3 year old will readily confirm! Explore how we can ensure that questioning remains alive and builds into a full blown inclination to explore and learn about the world.

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Revising

Pupils need to learn how to deal with change, emotionally and practically. With an inflexible frame of mind they are unlikely to recognise the need to change their ideas or the way they do something. They also need to know what ‘good’ looks like; how to keep an eye on how things are going and evaluate how things went against external standards.

How the online programme works

The Stepping Stones Phase 1 programme consists of nine online sessions, each expected to take about a month to implement in classrooms. Each online session is divided into four sections:

Three individual teacher sections
Teachers work their way through the materials at a time and place to suit them. Each session will usually take about 30-45 minutes to work through and think about. The materials introduce new thinking and practical ideas for staff to get their heads around prior to their team session.

A Professional Learning Team meeting section
This brings staff together as a learning team at monthly intervals (typically six to eight staff per team), convened and led by a learning champion from your school. Staff share and discuss how they have moved their practice to incorporate learning behaviours, consider new material introduced in the individual online learning sessions, and plan their learning enquiries to be implemented in the next month. Each team session is planned to last about an hour.

The online sessions consist of:

a) A Culture for building Powerful Learners

Best used as the first session, this module is designed to guide you through a process of understanding, assessing and improving your classroom learning culture; making it more learning friendly in order to build your students’ learning power. Unpick the meaning of classroom cultures; use a learning power culture instrument to assess where your classroom culture is now; ready your culture for learning.

Unpick the meaning of classroom cultures; use a learning power culture instrument to assess where your classroom culture is now; ready your culture for learning.

  1. Learning cultures. A big shift? Unpick the meaning of classroom cultures, what they might consist of and the big shifts that may be needed to develop better learning. Use the culture tool to estimate where your classroom culture is now.
  2. Learning friendly cultures; Lots of little shifts. Find out about the four big dimensions of culture and use the culture tool 2 to estimate the sorts of shifts your classroom culture would benefit from.
  3. Your classroom culture. Some ideas to get you started. Look for ideas to strengthen your learner/learning classroom culture.
  4. Team reflection and planning. Share the results of your culture analysis with colleagues. Make plans for what everyone needs to do and what you will each do individually.

b) Progress in Perseverance

Perseverance is key to the learning journey. It is vital that pupils are able to get to grips with the knotty emotions of learning, and can view and use them positively as aids to the journey, not as setbacks.pererverance blobby man

This mini-unit is an information unit, it does not suggest practical ideas for improvement. As such it should be coupled with one of the four perseverance sessions below.

The Unit aims to:

  • help teachers to explore the components of the big picture of perseverance, how it’s made up
  • analyse where their students currently function in relation to progress in perseverance
  • look briefly at their own practice in developing a perseverant friendly culture

The following sessions delve deeper into Perseverance helping pupils to improve their attitudes to learning.

The following four sessions delve deeper into each aspect of perseverance, helping you to develop and grow pupils’ learning-friendly attitudes.

b1) Engage students in unsticking their learning.

This session aims to:

  • help teachers to analyse how  their students’ behave and feel about being stuck;
  • help teachers to analyse how  their students’ behave and feel about being stuck;
  • look at their own classroom practice in developing a ‘stuck’-friendly culture;
  • suggest practical strategies to increase students’ skill and confidence in dealing with being stuck;
  • assist teachers to adapt their practice using a learning enquiry method (Team reflection and planning).

b2) Engage students in rising to the Challenge.

This session aims to:

  • help teachers to analyse how their students feel and behave when faced with challenge
  • help teachers to analyse how their students feel and behave when faced with challenge
  • look at their own classroom practice in developing a learning-challenge-friendly culture
  • suggest practical strategies to increase students’ skill and confidence in dealing with challenge• assist teachers to adapt their practice using a learning enquiry method (Team reflection and planning). 

b3) Engage students in Managing Distractions.

This session aims to:

  • help teachers to analyse their students’ awareness of and strategies for being distracted
  • help teachers to analyse their students’ awareness of and strategies for being distracted
  • look at their own practice in developing a learning culture that helps students to maintain focus
  • suggest practical strategies to increase students’ skill and confidence in dealing with internal and external distractions
  • assist teachers to adapt their practice using a learning enquiry method (Team reflection and planning).

b4) Engage students in achieving Goals.

This session aims to:

  • help teachers to analyse how their students’ think and feel about pursuing goals
  • help teachers to analyse how their students’ think and feel about pursuing goals
  • look at their own classroom practice in developing a goal friendly culture
  • suggest practical strategies to increase students’ skill and confidence in pursuing goals
  • assist teachers to adapt their practice using a learning enquiry method (Team reflection and planning).

The following sessions explore how build on and grow the key learning behaviours:

c) Putting Collaboration into Learning.

At its least sophisticated, collaboration is little more than being cooperative. At its most sophisticated and complex level it goes beyond learning ‘in a team’ and becomes learning ‘as a team’. It is an invaluable life skill.

This session is designed to guide you through a process of building the habit of Collaboration in your pupils. Sections 1 – 4 consider:

  1. Collaboration and how it develops. Unpick the meaning of Collaboration, how it develops over time and use the Collaboration chart to plot where your pupils are now.
  2. Taking Collaboration into classroom culture. An introduction to the classroom culture that nurtures Collaboration. Check what you do now.
  3. Introducing activities and routines that will build Collaboration into learning activities/tasks.
  4. Team reflection and planning. Share the impact of your experiments with colleagues and plan what you need to do next.

d) Putting Questioning into Learning

The desire to ask questions to satisfy innate curiosity is alive and well in very young children, as any parent of a 3 year old will readily confirm! Explore how we can ensure that questioning remains alive and builds into a full-blown inclination to explore and learn about the world.

This session is designed to guide you through a process of building the habit of Questioning in your pupils.

  1. Questioning and how it develops. Unpick the meaning of Questioning, how it develops over time and use the Questioning chart to plot where your pupils are now.
  2. Taking Questioning into classroom culture. An introduction to the classroom that nurtures Questioning. Check what you do now.
  3. Introducing activities and routinesthat will build Questioning into learning activities/tasks.
  4. Team reflection and planning.  Share the impact of your experiments with colleagues and plan what you need to do next.

e) Putting Revising into Learning

Pupils need to learn how to deal with change, emotionally and practically. With an inflexible frame of mind they are unlikely to recognise the need to change their ideas or the way they do something. They also need to know what ‘good’ looks like; how to keep an eye on how things are going and evaluate how things went against external standards. This session is designed to guide you through a process of building the habit of Revising in your students.

Sections 1 – 4 consider:

  1. Revising and how it develops. Unpick the revising chart and plot where your pupils are now
  2. Taking revising into classroom culture. Think about how to improve your classroom culture to better support revising.
  3. Teaching for learning; activities and talk. Look for ways of building revising into learning activities/tasks and the learning language.
  4. Team reflection and planning. Share the impact of your experiments with colleagues and plan what you need to do next.

The final session in Phase 1 is designed to enable you to review your progress so far.

f) Reviewing our progress

A rich variety of tools help you review your progress in developing a learning culture in your classrooms. This review will provide you with relevant information on which to base your approach in the next phase of building pupils’ learning powers. Sections 1 – 4 consider:

  1. Reflecting on your changing practice. Looking at what you have done and how your classroom has changed. This section answers the question “How far have you come?”
  2. Giving pupils a voice. Finding out how your pupils have benefitted. This section answers the question “How well have the pupils taken to this way of learning?”
  3. Learning with and from colleagues. Learning from learning walks and observations. This section answers the question “What are the variations on the theme and what can I learn from these variations?”
  4. Team session: Learning together. Putting your heads together and thinking “what next?” This team session answers the questions “How are we doing, how are our pupils doing and where do we need to go next?”
Preview the online course

Book bundle

3 copies of Building Learning Power

5 copies of Learning Power Heroes

5 copies of Building 101 Ways to Learning Power

5 copies of Building Learning Power in Action

2 copies of Learning Powered School

4 sets of 5 BLP Posters for classrooms

Options for the Building Better Learners programme

For Schools new to Learning Power Building Better Learners: Training day start is an option, it does require an INSET day at the start. 

For schools new to Learning Power, Building Better Learners: Consultancy review start is also available with in-school training which does not require an INSET day 

If your school has already started its own journey with Learning Power, Building Better Learners: Reviving practice start will be right for you.

If you are overseas or don’t have the budget for in-school face to face training, why not try our remote programme, Building Better Learners: On-line start