This section is for those teachers who are undertaking this unit alone and are not part of a Teacher Learning Community structure.
Cultivating learning habits ultimately involves:
- Providing rich and varied occasions for exercising learning habits
- Infusing learning habits into lessons to enhance content understanding
- Recognising and celebrating the use and growth of learning habits
- Expecting students to take ownership of and responsibility for their own learning habits
- Exploring the development of learning habits with students over time
As a teacher you are an influential character builder and so need to be mindful of how you help students form, replace, re-form and strengthen their learning habits.
But don’t worry you are not expected to be there yet. It takes most teachers between 2 and 3 years to become really fluent with this way of teaching. So, go easy on yourself. Feel determined because small steps often prove to be big levers for change. Have a think about what you might do…
What to stop and start
Here are a few ideas you might want to try. Take it steady, this way of teaching can be a big but exciting shift so it’s worth doing it slowly and thoughtfully.
Look first at the Stop/avoid ideas. Some of these are far from trivial but it’s best to try to remove them before starting on the Start/do more of, Start slowly and Experiment with ideas.