Learner Powers

What are Learner Powers about? They are about:

  • Helping young students to help themselves become better learners
  • Developing students' learning habits
  • Preparing young students for a lifetime of learning

When students are given a challenge they feel stuck.  Using the learner powers helps students feel courageous when they get stuck.  Once students can identify which learning phase they are in, they can more easily select a learner power which will help them pass to the next phase in learning and begin their learning journey out of the pit and finally reach the point of "Hooray, I get this now!"

The learner powers help students think about the planning, monitoring and evaluation of their thinking.  The following stems make their learning process visible:

  • I know I am aware of my learning when...
  • I'm thinking...
  • I'm wondering...
  • I have a question about...
  • I can look back at...
  • I'm connecting this to...
  • I'm determined to...

Graphical Learner being aware and stating I am aware of myself for example my actions, thoughts, strengths, weaknesses, and next steps.Graphical Learner thinking and stating I have an idea, opinion, or belief about something.Graphical Learner wondering and stating I have the desire to be curious about something.Graphical Learner questioning and stating I find out.Graphical Learner reflecting and stating I think about and look back on my learning to enable me to best move forwardGraphical Learner connecting and stating I link knowledge and thinking together to create new understandings.Graphical Learner being determined and stating I do not give up when I am faced with a challenge.