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Building Our Learning Power with Professor Guy Claxton

There was a great sense of anticipation leading up to this week when Professor Guy Claxton visited Middle School - Highton.

Guy is a Visiting Professor of Education at King’s College in London, a cognitive scientist and prolific author; his latest book is The Learning Power Approach in which Christian College Geelong features. 

Our College is on a powerful journey inspired by a commitment to provide for our students the ‘Learning That Matters’. Guy’s Learning Power Approach is, for many teachers, an inseparable and powerful compass that guides them through inviting students into powerful learning opportunities.

Some hallmarks of this approach include giving students a sense of increased agency (more ownership) in the learning process through planning some of their own time, ‘grappling’ with problems before a formal lesson on the subject matter and engaging in learning that is challenging and meaningful.  When students are presented with tasks that are too easy, they do not learn.  When students are confronted with a challenge way beyond them, they encounter frustration. Teachers work hard to provide students with learning opportunities that are in the ‘Goldilocks Zone’ or ‘just right’. 

Professor Claxton began his day speaking with the leadership of the College.  Mr Glen McKeeman, Mr Scott Elliss, Heads and Deputy Heads of our campuses were challenged and inspired by Guy’s thoughts and commentary on education  based on his work in Finland, the UK and the range of countries he regularly visits. Guy worked with our Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, Mr Rick Geall, and workshopped some challenges in education today. Professor Claxton’s day at the College culminated in some classroom visits and an evening session with all of the College’s teaching staff at Barrabool Hills Baptist Church. 

Feedback on Guy’s visit has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are well poised to take the next steps in continuing to provide a world-class education for our precious students.


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