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Powering Up Children

The Learning Power Approach to Primary Teaching

By: Guy Claxton & Becky Carlzon

Price: CAD $29.95

Publisher: CROWN HOUSE PUBLISHING

Imprint: Crown House Publishing

336 Pages

8.7 X 7.2 X 0.87 ins

ISBN:  9781785833373 -- Paperback

Publication Date: 02/28/2019

In Powering Up Children Guy Claxton and Becky Carlzon harness the design principles of the Learning Power Approach to provide a rich resource of effective teaching strategies for use in the primary school classroom.

The Learning Power Approach (LPA) is a pedagogical formula which aims to develop all pupils as confident and capable learners - ready, willing and able to choose, design, research, pursue, troubleshoot and evaluate learning for themselves, alone and with others, in school and out. This approach therefore empowers teachers to complement their delivery of content, knowledge and skills with the nurturing of positive habits of mind that will better prepare students to flourish in later life.

Building upon the foundations carefully laid by Guy's first book in the Learning Power series, The Learning Power Approach, this new instalment embeds the ideas of his influential method in the context of the primary school. Guy and Becky offer a thorough explanation of how the LPA's core components apply to this level of education and, by presenting a wide range of classroom examples, illustrate how they can be put into practice with different age groups (from the early years through to age 11) and in different curricular areas - especially relating to literacy and numeracy, but also in specific subjects such as science, history, art and PE.


Guy Claxton is Emeritus Professor at Winchester University and Visiting Professor of Education at King's College London. He has previously taught and researched at Oxford University, Bristol University and the University of London Institute of Education, and is an internationally renowned cognitive scientist. Guy's Building Learning Power approach to teaching is widely used in all kinds of schools across the UK, as well as in Poland, Dubai, Indonesia, India, China, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Brazil and Argentina. Guy is based in Sussex, in the UK.

Becky Carlzon is an ever-enthusiastic primary school teacher - and a relentless optimist and life-long adventurer - who has been using learning power approaches in various settings for over a decade. From embedding the Learning Power Approach in Key Stage 1 and early years classrooms in the UK, to adapting it for use with adults while teaching foreign languages at the "End of the World" (Ushuaia, in southernmost Argentina), she constantly strives to enhance her practice in order to nurture more resilient, engaged and reflective learners. Becky is based in Gloucestershire, in the UK.



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