Dispositions, behaviours and skills for effective learning at Northaw
At Northaw CE Primary we believe there are particular dispositions, behaviours and skills to be an effective learner. We teach and model them implicitly and explicitly every day. They include the following:
Being resilient and not giving up when things are hard, but continuing to try.
Taking responsibility for one’s self. Understanding that I am in charge of my own destiny.
Taking risks and not being afraid of failing as this helps us to learn and move forward.
Using others’ perceptions to inform our thinking.
Recognising mutual supportiveness.
Not being embarrassed to ask questions, admit to problems and to ask for help.
Open acceptance of everybody so that everyone has a place in the collective.
Finding ways forward when problems arise, avoiding blame and complaining when barriers to learning are encountered.
Being willing to suspend judgement and find out more.
Being self-motivated rather than responding to extrinsic motivation and rewards.
Standing up for one’s own beliefs rather than going with popular opinion.
Having a readiness for challenge.
The freedom/capacity to imagine and try something new.
Capacity to think of ways of overcoming limits, drawing on prior experience.
Ability to be creative and think outside the box.
A willingness to embrace the opportunity to work with different people.
Being excited about learning something new.
Understanding that the future is made in the present.
Understanding that one can develop their ownbehaviours for learning.
Avoiding giving up on people or practices.
Holding the view that there is always more that can be done to reach a true potential.
Believing that however challenging a situation, change is always possible.
Understanding that a belief that everything is possible is needed to transform learning capacity.
Knowing that we do not have all the answers.
Knowing that learning and improving will sometimes be a struggle.
Understanding that state of mind can affect the capacity to learn.
Having the ability to reflect upon one’s behaviours, dispositions and skills.
Using reasoning skills to think critically and creatively.
Having respect for one’s self, others and the world.
Being resourceful – using what we have and finding what we need.
A commitment to wondering, ‘Could I do this differently? Could I do this better?’, being reflective then taking action.