What have we found are the ingredients for commitment to learning?
Charles Leadbeater identified four key aspects of good school relationships:
they build participation
they provide recognition and affirmation
they make people feel cared for
they are responsive to personal motivation.
Schools Attitudes People
Attitudes: When Henry Ford allegedly said ‘If you believe you can or you can’t… you’re probably right’ he recognised the role of self-belief in achievement. People: We’ve heard said that long after you’ve forgotten what they said or even what they did, you’ll remember how they made you feel . What have we found are the ingredients for commitment to learning?
Research has highlighted 10 areas that hold the key to increasing motivation and creating commitment. We need to ensure that these form a central part of the curriculum we offer young people. What do we want to achieve?
What do we want to achieve? 1. develop good personal qualities and attitudes 2. develop self-belief 3. feel valued 4. have aspirations We want our learners to:
Give teachers the time and space to build good relationships with learners (eg longer lessons, residentials and team building experiences). Some suggestions: Set up joint learning activities for learners and their parents to do together. Ensure every learner has a champion within school.
Recognise the individual strengths and skills of different learners and show they are valued equally. Offer choice and variety in learning styles and opportunities. Give learners some choice over the way they are assessed. Some suggestions:
as you design your curriculum to enable your learners to commit to learning?
The awesome purpose Focusing on how to design a curriculum that enables learners to commit to their learning is critical in achieving this. We want to develop a modern, world-class curriculum that will inspire and challenge all learners and prepare them for the future.
These slides were produced as part of a pack of materials designed to support schools and colleges in increasing learners’ commitment to their learning. The pack contains a short booklet and 10 postcards on increasing motivation and developing commitment.
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