Building Learning Power
What is Learning Power?
Building Learning Power (BLP) is an approach to learning based on the idea that we are all capable of becoming better learners. BLP applies this idea directly to the work of teachers in the classrooms. Children are taught how to develop their learning "muscles" by:
- Teaching children to approach difficulties in learning without fear of failure
- Developing confidence in themselves as learners
- Giving clear labels for the learning muscles of Resilience, Reciprocity, Resourcefulness and Reflectiveness.
Just as we can build our physical muscles with the right kind of exercise, learning muscles can also be developed and can grow in strength and stamina. It is these muscles, we are aiming to develop in the children.
Resilience - not giving up.
Resourcefulness - being able to use a range of learning strategies and knowing what to do when you get stuck.
Reflectiveness - being able to think about yourself as a learner and how you might be able to do this better.
Reciprocity - being able to learn with and from others, as well as on your own.
Why is Building Learning Power important at Coppice Valley?
We want our children to know that we are all learners, whatever our age, and that we all have barriers to learning which we can overcome. Becoming a successful learner requires talk and understanding about how we learn best and BLP helps children and teachers to do that.
BLP creates a language of learning that children, parents and staff, understand and use.