Learning Definition

Learning Definition


Powerful thinking and learning occurs through real-world experiences and new situations which challenge what we think and know, inspiring us to want to learn more.

Whatever the context, learners critique and construct new ways of knowing and being, thinking and doing, alone and with others, in school and out.

Powerful thinking and learning is:

  • Ako:  Where we learn from each other. 
  • Connected:  Knowing who we are and how we connect.
  • Contextualised:  Learning builds on and challenges what is known, leading to the unknown.
  • Environment:  A space where learning is valued, nurtured, and celebrated, where learners feel safe to fail and succeed.  A space where learning processes are visible through different modes of communication.
  • Expectations:  Having a clearly communicated purpose for learning.  Focussing on the value of thinking and learning as outcomes, alongside the completion of work.
  • Feedback/forward:  Learners evaluating work to determine next, or new learning steps.
  • Framework:  Enabling self-regulation, self-belief, and taking responsibility for learning outcomes.  Learners see that outcomes depend on their efforts to generate, relate and/or extend ideas.
  • Language:  Using a common language of learning to communicate and critique thinking.
  • Thinking about thinking:  Self-awareness of knowing how, and when, to use strategies for learning.