Simon Brooks Culture of Thinking Strategy No. 6 – Focus on the Learning Over the Work

 

Simon Brooks Culture of Thinking Strategy No. 6 – Focus on the Learning Over the Work

The fifth Cultures of Thinking Strategy for parents in supporting their children to become self-directed learners was sent out last Friday. We hope found it very informative and useful. If you missed this email, click here to view Strategy No. 5 

Strategy No. 6 – Focus on the learning over the work
It’s easy for parents to fall into the trap of exclusively focusing on the work their child has to do and monitoring the completion of that work. However, learning is the real goal of every piece of work your child completes. Take a moment to ask your child what the purpose of each assignment is, and what they think the teacher wants them to learn and get better at as a result. Then monitor the learning, not the work.

So rather than asking “What are you doing right now?” ask questions like these:

  • What are you learning right now by doing this work?
  • What’s the big idea you’re exploring in History at the moment?
  • How has doing this homework helped grow your understanding?
  • Why are you doing this?

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