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Learning Habits in a Nutshell – Phase 2

Delivery: Online
Timescale: Approximately one year
Objectives: professional learning communities within your school build Learning Power expertise by using online resources. Guided by best practice thinking in professional development this modular on-line programme organises a consistent school-wide approach to developing students’ learning behaviours.

The second distance learning programme in TLO’s Nutshells series consists of twelve online sessions, one for each of the key learning behaviours introduced through Nutshells 1. Additionally there are two further modules, one relating to readying the classroom culture, the other for reviewing progress as a result of undertaking Nutshells 2.

The sessions give easy to access information about one learning behaviour, with a particular focus on what getting better at the habit looks and feels like – not ‘doing it’, but ‘doing it better’. Each module starts with how we understand progression and moves on to suggestions for making classrooms learning friendly and lots of activities to try out, differentiated with reference to the maps of progression. Staff are thus armed with ideas to support their efforts to develop a learning friendly culture and apply a more forensic approach to learning. This in turn helps learners to build their own learning habits.

The effect of Phase 2 Nutshells is to:

  • deepen the learning positive culture the school established in Phase 1
  • introduce the concept of progression for each learning behaviour
  • step up the change process through learning teams
  • strengthen the growing expertise across the school
  • ensure a focus on a proven right track
  • build students’ learning character across a broad range of behaviours.

How it works

The Nutshells Phase 2 consists of fourteen online sessions. We suggest that schools start with the module relating to classroom culture, but after that expect that teachers/subjects will focus on learning behaviours that sit well in their subject area.

Alternatively schools may take a strategic view and say that, for example, student listening behaviours are poor and we should all start by focussing there. The solid foundation and understanding the school established in Nutshells Phase 1 means that Phase 2 can support a much deeper understanding of learning and how it improves.

The modules are about the 12 learning habits of:

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Capitalising

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Revising

Reasoning

Reasoning

Noticing

Noticing

Making Links

Making Links

Imagining

Imagining

Me-Learning

Me-Learning

Planning

Planning

Listening

Listening

Collaborating

Collaborating

Persevering

Persevering

Questioning

Questioning

Each session has three sections

Section 1 How the learning habit develops

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Section 1 introduces you what the learning behaviour is about and how it might progress or build through 5 phases. Participants are asked to plot where their students are now in being able to use the behaviour skilfully.

This section is offers a concise way of getting to grips with the learning behaviour and how it progresses. It’s likely to take about 20 mins to get your head around it.

Section 2 Teaching for Learning

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This section offers; ideas for lesson starters/quick wins; classroom activities; learning reflection tools; ideas for the appropriate learning language for each phase  progression in the learning habit. You are likely to browse in this section for about 30 minutes in preparation for the team meeting.

Section 3 Team reflection and planning

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The final section gives a skeleton plan for the Professional Learning Team session (usually undertaken about a week after the individual online sessions) It includes downloadable enquiry question and planning formats. In team sessions you are invited to share the impact of your experiments with colleagues, discuss the online materials, and plan how you might use these to change your classroom practice. All the activities are designed to help you bring the learning behaviour into active use in the classroom. The section also includes a range of indicators that you could start looking for to begin to measure the impact of teacher development across the school. These team sessions are timed to last about 75 minutes.

Review and Renew day

The on-line programme can be packaged with a consultancy day to review your progress over Phase 1 and give renewed focus for moving into Phase 2, considering which modules might be best to visit first. No INSET required.

  • Morning session with SLT including observations in classrooms, talking with children and taking soundings from staff. This session aims to review the impact of Nutshells Phase 1 on both teachers and learners.
  • Afternoon session spent with the Professional Learning Team leaders to evaluate the rigour and effectiveness of the team sessions from Phase 1.
  • Twilight session for all staff to feedback on their progress and give an overview of what they can expect in Phase 2.

This format does not require an in-service training day.

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