The term ‘learning conversation’ can describe many forms of interaction, which may include pupil conferences, learning reviews and mentoring discussions. In this programme it describes a very specific form of interaction between an adult and a small group of learners for whom challenges in learning have been identified. These learners need additional support to develop positive expectations about learning.
‘In schools where the greatest progress is being made (in this area), teachers and pupils are developing a more sophisticated language with which to talk explicitly about learning and how it can be explored and improved. Such ‘learning conversations’ between teachers and pupils, as well as between pupils, enhance pupils’ engagement in their learning and their confidence to improve it.’
2020 Vision, Report of the teaching and learning in 2020 review group,
The key features of The Learning Conversation are:
- periodic, small group discussions about learning and progress;
- a number of sessions forming an ongoing and cyclical dialogue;
- an explicit focus on learning skills, strategies and attitudes;
- attention to the personal learning needs of the individuals;
- agreement of personal learning goals or targets applicable to a range of contexts.
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