Learning And Classroom Culture
The original research that became Learning Power clarified that learning dispositions aren’t fixed at birth, that learning is a learnable craft. It also found that the learning environment can have a constructive or destructive influence on a person’s energy for, and approach to, learning.
This means that the learning culture created in the classroom has the power to grow or diminish students’ inclinations and abilities to learn. Thus, developing learners for lifelong learning, and a successful future, is about creating a culture in classrooms, and in the school more widely, that will systematically cultivate habits and attitudes that will stay with them for life. All of those little habits, routines and practices that implicitly convey that learning is central to all student activities need to be found in the classroom. They should be places where, hour by hour, students experience the values and practices that are embodied in the way in which the school goes about its’ business.
Schools that successfully build learning behaviors have found that there are four key cultural shifts that combine to create the seedbed for building better learners, the relationships that teachers bring to the classroom; the ways in which learning is talked about; how learning itself becomes the object of learning; how learning is noticed and celebrated.