You may have heard your children already using some of the language that has been introduced in school. Professor Claxton suggests there are four main learning dispositions:
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 or relationships - being able to learn with and from others, as well as on your own.
These dispositions are then split into seventeen learning ‘muscles’ that the children are encouraged to ‘stretch’ within their everyday lessons and activities and apply to different aspects of their learning.
How can you help at home?
Draw attention to, and model, positive learning habits
• Demonstrate/model sticking at things even if they are difficult.
• Talk about how you feel when you are taking on challenges.
• Praise your child when they persevere but also encourage them to take
a break when they have had enough.
• Help them to find interests and activities that are really absorbing.
• Talk with them about what help them to concentrate and manage
• Encourage questions.
• Demonstrate making links between different ideas.
• Don’t allow your child’s imagination to shrivel up!
• Help them to find ways of using resources such as reference books,
dictionaries, the Internet.
• Encourage them to take responsibility for preparing for school.
• Ask what they learned at school.
• Help them to think about, and plan, activities.
• Encourage flexibility and the ability to change a plan of necessary.
• Demonstrate/model being a good learner.
• Work, play and learn alongside your children, enabling them to pick
up good habits through imitation
• Make expectations of turn-taking and cooperation clear.