In ‘Powering Up Children: The Learning Power Approach to primary teaching’, Guy Claxton and Becky Carlzon harness the design principles of the Learning Power Approach (LPA) to provide a rich resource of effective teaching strategies for use in the primary school classroom.
Foreword by Ron Berger.
The LPA is a pedagogical formula which aims to develop all children as confident and capable learners — ready, willing, and able to choose, design, research, pursue, troubleshoot, and evaluate learning for themselves, alone and with others, in school and out. This approach therefore empowers teachers to complement their delivery of content, knowledge, and skills with the nurturing of positive habits of mind that will better prepare students to flourish in later life.
Building upon the foundations carefully laid in The Learning Power Approach (ISBN 9781785832451), the first book in the Learning Power series, Guy Claxton and Becky Carlzon’s ‘Powering Up Children’ embeds the ideas of this influential method in the context of the primary school.
It offers a thorough explanation of how the LPA’s design principles apply to this level of education and, by presenting a wide range of practical strategies and classroom examples, illustrates how they can be put into action with different age groups and in different curricular areas — especially relating to literacy and numeracy, but also in specific subjects such as science, history, art, and PE.
Bursting with tips and techniques to get students’ learning muscles stretching from a young age, the book is designed for busy primary school teachers who want to get started on the LPA journey — as well as for those who have already made good progress and are looking for fresh ideas. The central chapters are structured around thematic clusters of the LPA’s design principles, and follow a common format:
1. First, the authors explain why the design principles focused on are important; including what’s in it for the teacher and what’s in it for the children.
2. Next, they offer a menu of practical low-risk tweaks to classroom practice that enable teachers to engage with the design principles and experience some quick wins.
3. Then they provide some ideas about how to embed the principles more deeply in the ongoing life of the classroom — including some rich lesson examples from across the primary age range, and from different school subjects.
4. Finally, they address some of the common bumps and issues that may crop up along the way, and offer advice to help teachers overcome such potential obstacles.
Suitable for both newly qualified and experienced teachers of learners aged 3–11.
Chapter 1. An Overview of the Learning Power Approach
Chapter 2. The Learning Power Approach in Action
Chapter 3. Setting the Scene: Making Your Classroom a Safe and Interesting Place to Be a Learner
Chapter 4. Designing the Environment
Chapter 5. The Languages of Learning
Chapter 6. Collaboration and Conversation
Chapter 7. Making Learning Challenging and Adjustable
Chapter 8. Independence and Responsibility
Chapter 9. Reflection, Improvement, and Craftsmanship
Chapter 10. Beyond the Single Lesson