Building students’ Learning Power is about creating a culture in your classrooms – that systematically cultivates habits and attitudes that enable your students learn confidently and face difficulty calmly, and creatively. By a ‘culture’ we mean all the little habits, routines and practices that implicitly convey ‘what we believe and value round here’.
So ‘culture’ concerns the details of the micro-climate that you create in your classrooms. What you do and say, what you notice and commend and what you don’t, what kind of role model of a learner you offer: all these are of the essence. The micro-climate of a classroom can inadvertently stifle or, specifically enhance, the very behaviours you are seeking to promote.
Does my classroom climate encourage Noticing?
Here is a selection of features that might begin to shape the emotional climate of your classroom to encourage noticing.
The diagram has 4 sections:
- Top – strategies you could build into the way you teach to stimulate noticing;
- Right – indications of the sort of language you might use to stimulate noticing;
- Bottom – ways in which you might celebrate / praise students’ use of noticing;
- Left – things that you need to enable students to do.
Apply your own noticing and consider whether you already use any of these features and which you fancy trying.