What sort of dispositions do you need to develop to be an effective learner (whether online or not)?  The following list provides an excellent guide to developing good habits in your learning. Read through them and think about where your strengths and weaknesses are. Focus on improving these throughout the year.

Resilience

Being ready, willing and able to lock onto learning

  Absorption

  Managing Distractions

  Noticing

  Perseverance

  • Flow, the pleasure of being totally absorbed in learning
  • Recognising and reducing interruptions
  • Really sensing what is out there / able to see the little details
  • ‘Stickability’; not giving up; keeping going until the end

Resourcefulness

Being ready, willing and able to learn in different ways

  Questioning

  Making links

  Imagining

  Reasoning

  Capitalising

  • Getting below the surface; playing with situations
  • Seeking coherence, relevance and meaning
  • You let your mind explore and play with possibilities / ideas
  • Thinking rigorously and methodically
  • Making good use of all resources available

Reflectiveness

Being ready, willing and able to become more strategic about learning

  Planning

  Revising

  Distilling

  Meta-learning

  • Working out in advance
  • Monitoring and adapting along the way
  • Pulling out the essential features and using them
  • Understanding learning and yourself as a learner

Reciprocity

Being ready, willing and able to learn alone and with others

  Interdependence

  Collaboration

  Empathy and listening

  Imitation

  • Being able to balance learning on your own and learning with others
  • The skills of learning with others
  • Getting inside others’ minds
  • Picking up habits and values

Adapted from Claxton, G. (2001) Wise Up: Learning to Live the Learning Life (Stafford, Network Educational Press).

Claxton, G. (2007) Expanding Young People's Capacity to Learn, British Journal of Educational Studies, 55(2), 115-134.

Claxton, G. (2008) Cultivating Positive Learning Dispositions. Available online at: www.guyclaxton.com/publications.htm (accessed 10/02/08)