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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 programme consists of fourteen online sessions, each expected to take at least four to six weeks to implement in classrooms.

The programme includes a resource guide Strategic issues and coaching notes for senior leaders and team leaders on how the sessions might be used making best use of the following materials. 

The fourteen sessions:

Sessions 1 and 2 above are essential reading for schools that have not covered the Nutshells 1 materials, and serve as a refresher only for schools that have already covered Nutshells 1
  1. A culture for building powerful learners
  2. Building Progression in Perseverance
  3. Building progression into Questioning
  4. Building progression into Collaboration
  5. Building progression into Revising
  6. Building progression into Making Links
  7. Building progression into Imagining
  8. Building progression into Reasoning
  9. Building progression into Capitalising
  10. Building progression into Listening
  11. Building progression into Planning
  12. Building progression into Noticing
  13. Building progression into Me Learning
  14. Reviewing our progress
Sessions 3- 13 explore key learning behaviours, how to develop and grow them over time

They can be undertaken in any order. Teams might start with those learning behaviours that fit particularly snugly with their subject before extending the range of behaviours as they gain confidence. Or they may all choose to focus on an area of common concern before moving on to considering subject-friendly ones. The final module provides teachers and the school with ways of assessing the progress made to date.

Each module follows the same easy-to-follow format, aiding common understanding and common approaches. For example:

Building progression in Questioning

The desire to ask questions to satisfy innate curiosity is alive and well in young children, but can seem to wane in the teenage years. 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 students.

Sections 1 – 4 consider:

  1. Questioning and how it develops.

    • Unpick the meaning of Questioning, how it develops over time and use the Questioning grid to plot where your students 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 routines

    • that 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.

The other 11 sessions that explore a learning behaviour follow the same foremat.

The final session of Nutshells Phase 2 is designed to enable you to review your progress so far.

14. 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 estimate your success in building students learning habits.

  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 students a voice   

    • Finding out how your students have benefitted. This section answers the question “How well have the students 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 students doing and where do we need to go next?”