Building Learning Power
Outstanding Learning for Life
At Linden Road we recognise that learning is much more than developing knowledge and understanding; for our students to become learners for the 21st Century our aim is to furnish them with a set of learning tools that they will be able to use throughout their lives. Building Learning Power is one of these tools.
By focusing on BLP, your child will be able to understand themselves as learners, what their strengths are and which areas they need to develop, this is called ‘learning to learn.’
Building learning power is about helping young people to become better learners, both in school and out. It is about developing the mind to learn. It is about creating a culture across the school community that systematically cultivates habits and attitudes that enable students to face difficulty and uncertainty in a modern world full of risk and complexity; calmly, confidently and creatively
What is Building Learning Power or BLP?
BLP is based on four key learning dispositions called the Four Rs of Learning Power:
-ready, willing and able to lock on to learning
-focusing on absorption in learning, managing distractions, noticing and perseverance
-ready, willing and able to learn alone and with others
-focusing on independence, interdependence, collaboration, empathy and listening, and imitation
-ready, willing and able to learn in different ways
-focusing on questioning, making links, imagining, reasoning and capitalising
-ready, willing and able to become more strategic about learning
-focusing on planning, revising/adapting, distilling and meta-learning
How do we Build Learning Power at Linden Road Academy?
- Motivation Monday assemblies are focused on the four key areas of BLP.
- Each lesson has a BLP skill focus which is linked to learning needs of the students.
- Students are guided to reflect on their Building Learning Powers during lessons so that they know how well they are doing and what they can do to become an ever more effective learner.
- We using the language of ‘learning’ rather than doing.
- Classroom displays and working walls feature BLP to develop independence.
- Our curriculum is designed to provide a wealth of active learning contexts where students can develop and apply BLP.
- Recognition of progression and excellence in BLP is rewarded with spots, merits, post cards home, class merits and Principal’s Commendations.
How can you help your child Build their Learning Power?
- Ask not what they did at school, but what they learned.
- Ask your child ‘What is the biggest learning challenge you faced today?’ and ‘How did you overcome it?’
- Welcome your child’s questions help them to find the answers.
- If your child becomes stuck in their learning ask them to think of what they would have to do at school to get ‘unstuck.’
- Involve them in your own learning activities by ‘thinking aloud’ as you attempt a DIY project or try out a new recipe. Seeing that you may also struggle at times helps children to grow and understand how to cope with uncertainties and challenges.
- Praise your child when they persevere.
- Help them to find interests and activities that are really absorbing and not just that Xbox or Playstation!
- Talk with them about what helps them to concentrate and manage distractions.
- Talk about how you feel when you are taking on a challenge.
- Which tasks at home can your children be responsible for and do on their own?
- Encourage your child to work things out independently. Rather than finding the answer to a tricky homework question for your child guide them to finding out themselves.
- Ask them ‘How can you find out?’ Provide reference books, dictionaries and access to ‘Google’.
- Model good team work getting the evening meal ready as the family members of the family is a good example or everyone sitting down to read and helping each other with those tricky words. Assemble that flack pack furniture as a team.
- Model your own perseverance. Don’t give up when you can’t thread a needle or you can’t get that last crossword clue. Say that you are not going to give up.
- Show your child you don’t lose your temper when things get hard but instead keep trying until you succeed.
- Keep on trying and turn your frustration into determination.
- Allow your child to fail. Don’t always step in and help them out. Encourage them to keep trying, and then give them lots of specific praise.
- Use praise and reward to encourage them to persevere. Reward your child by saying well done for managing the distractions.
- Encourage your child to talk about what they had to do to manage distractions and stay focused. How did it feel when they succeeded after trying?
- Remind your child to use their Growth Mindset
- Visit www.buildinglearningpower.com