Step 0: Orientate

Quick recap

So far we’ve looked at our main sources of evidence, and presented you with our Six Steps to Outstanding Learning.

We’ve also had a look at some key ideas about how the brain works and how learning happens.

Our Six Steps to Outstanding Learning starts with Step 0: Orientate. This step involves setting the scene for effective learning to take place.

Step 0: Orientate is all about getting students ready to learn.

The way that we teach and the opportunities that we provide for students to practise and reinforce their learning are vital in helping effective learning to take place. Our Six Steps to Outstanding Learning take you through each of these essential stages in the learning process.

But there is more to it than just what happens in each lesson and how you follow it up.

It’s just as important to spend time creating an effective learning environment and nurturing positive attitudes towards learning.

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Orientation involves behaviour and mindset.

The two key issues that we will explore in this section are behaviour and mindset.

It’s important to establish an environment in your classroom where students behave in an appropriate way. Without this background of appropriate behaviour, effective learning can’t happen.

It’s also important to actively promote a growth mindset among students and staff. A growth mindset works from the assumption that we can all improve and develop.

This is in comparison to a fixed mindset, where there is a limit on what each person can achieve.

A growth mindset firmly places the emphasis on effort, dedication, and determination.

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