Is learning simply sitting quietly and taking notes? Is it amassing enough information and skills to be able to pass an exam and move up to the next level? Or is it asking questions, finding answers, and remembering them? Perhaps it is something more.
Building Learning Power (BLP)
We believe that learning is what powers our lives, both in school and out of school. Learning is pursuing interests, chasing dreams, following passions, making discoveries, creating connections, building communities, testing ideas.
Learning is managing setbacks, shifting direction, following leads, finding the right teams to move ahead with, and harnessing all the emotions and thoughts that come up during the process.
Learning is what changes the world.
Adults who are great learners have the mental, emotional, and social resources to enjoy challenge and cope with complexity. They are resourceful and resilient. They have the will and the skill to become successful at whatever they choose. Adults who are great learners are confident individuals in an uncertain world.
“Building Learning Power is an approach that helps young people become better learners, both in school and out.” Professor Guy Claxton
At Nowra Anglican College, we intentionally focus on building learners* who will have confidence, capability and passion as they become adults. The classroom culture your child walks into uses specific language that enables them make connections, ask questions and manage their own reactions and distractions. They learn how to face difficulty or uncertainty calmly, finding ways to solve their problems.
The results from this research-based approach of ‘building learning power’ are shown to be positive. Students who have become confident of their own learning abilities make better connections and are able to do successful problem solving. Their concentration is better, they become more engrossed in their thinking, and they come up with more creative outcomes. Test results are better, too. And, something which makes classroom life more pleasant, students who are engaged in their own learning have more fun and are easier to teach.