About the Author
Chapter 1. The Origins of the Learning Power Approach
Chapter 2. What Is Learning?
What Is the Launchpad for Learning?
What Do Learners Actually Do?
The Beginnings of Learning Power
So Can You Get Better at Learning?
What Kinds of Learning Are Going On in Classrooms?
Chapter 3. What Exactly Is the Aim of the Learning Power Approach?
Diving In: The Aim of the Learning Power Approach
Chapter 4. How Do I Get Started? Some Quick Wins
Curious, Adventurous, Determined, Collaborative: A Starter Kit of Learning Dispositions
Chapter 5. Why Does Learning Power Matter? 10 Good Reasons for Pumping Those Learning Muscles
1. Because Life Is Complicated
2. Because Learning Power Makes the World a Safer Place
3. Because We Won’t Always Be There
4. Because Good Learners Are More Successful in Life
5. Because Employers Want to Hire Powerful Learners
6. Because Powerful Learners Do Better in School
7. Because Powerful Learners Do Better in College
8. Because It Makes Teaching Easier and More Rewarding
9. Because People Are Happier When They Are Learning
10. Because Young People’s Mental Health Depends Upon Their Learning Power
Chapter 6. What Is Learning Power Made Of?
The Elements of Learning Power
Chapter 7. Learning Power in Action: Some Classroom Illustrations
Chapter 8. Design Principles of the LPA Classroom
1. Create a Feeling of Safety
2. Distinguish Between Learning Mode and Performance Mode
3. Organize Compelling Things to Learn
4. Make Ample Time for Collaboration and Conversation
6. Make Difficulty Adjustable
7. Show the Innards of Learning
8. Make Use of Protocols, Templates, and Routines
10. Develop Craftsmanship
11. Allow Increasing Amounts of Independence
12. Give Students More Responsibility
13. Focus on Improvement, Not Achievement
Chapter 9. What Is the Evidence for the Learning Power Approach?
Does Curiosity Affect Learning?
What About Concentration?
Can Learners’ Resilience Be Deliberately Increased?
Does Resilience Contribute to Raising Achievement in School?
Does Imagination Improve Learning and Creativity, and Can People Get Better at Imagining?
Do Deliberate Attempts to Teach Students to Think Clearly Work? And Do They Improve School Performance?
What About Collaboration?
Does the Same Apply to Empathy?
Does Reflection Aid Learning?
Does Learning Power Developed in One Context Transfer to Other Contexts?
Chapter 10. Distinctions and Misconceptions
Focus on Learning Power, Not Just Learning
Learning Dispositions Are Malleable, Not Fixed
Is the LPA “Traditional” or “Progressive”?
Evidence, Not Measurement
Learning Muscles and the Mind Gym
It’s Not Just Classrooms; It’s the Ethos of the Whole School
Provisional and Growing, Not Set in Stone
Chapter 11. Joining the Culture Club
Bibliography and References
Resources and Further Reading