At Maple Cross, we recognise the primary importance of children’s effort and approaches to learning rather than their academic outcomes alone. What evidence and research show us is that it is the universal skills of learning (learning attributes) that will allow children to develop their potential, broaden their horizons and increase their opportunities.
With this in mind, yesterday’s Buddy Point recognition day was an opportunity to praise those children who show consistently motivated approaches to learning.
This means that the 91 bronze and silver badges that I handed out are not to be seen as medals of success, but more powerfully, they identify role models for the rest of the community. Learning role models: Children who can share ideas on how to learn even more effectively.
I took the opportunity, building on our Emotion Coaching development, to ask the children how the journey had felt. Did successful learners have different emotions?
Have a look at the pictures and judge for yourself.
The simple idea that was reinforced was that we all have the same feelings, it is how we manage those feelings through our actions that can make the difference. If you haven’t already, have a look at the earlier post on Emotion Coaching. What do you think?