Here at St. Stephens we are aspiring Purple Learners! We believe that having a positive and ever-growing mind-set towards learning is vital. In order to become Purple Learners, we have to think about all aspects of our learning and how we learn best. We think about how our learning affects others, how we use communication and we even think about our own thinking!
What is Purple Learning?
In every classroom, a target is displayed. This target has three areas that represent learning.
See below how children feel when they are each area of the target zone:
In order to work in the purple zone and become Purple Learners, we can think about our learning, behaviour and thinking.
Movers and Blockers
Movers and Blockers relate to the behaviour we can have in class towards our learning. We concentrate on users 'Movers' to move our learning forward; learning walls, Steps to Success, learning partners and group talk are all examples of things that help us to learn. 'Blockers' are behaviours that can stop us and others from learning and remaining in the 'Challenge Zone'.
Growth and Fixed Mindset
We understand and appreciate that mistakes are a step in our learning journey. We never give up and always try our hardest. Having a growth mind-set allows us to learn from our mistakes and see them as opportunities for learning. We have learnt that the brain is a muscle and a fixed mind-set would permit it from growing! We think that 'struggle' is a good thing and that every 'magnificent mistake' is a learning opportunity.
Who are our Purple Learners?
Thinking about all the things we can do to work in the Purple Zone, we discussed in classes the qualities of a Purple Learner.
Here is what some of our children said about purple learners:
A purple learner is someone who...
'... pays attention all of the time and is focused on their task.'
'... always listens and concentrates. They always try their best.'
'... always gets involved.'
'... always joins in with discussions.'
'... keeps going, even if it is hard.'
'... helps people if they are stuck.'
Purple Learner Medal and Certificate
Each day a child is chosen to be a ‘Purple Learner of the day’. At the end of the day, children celebrate how this child has worked as a Purple Learner and award them a medal and certificate. Below are some of our Purple Learners explaining how they achieved ‘Purple Learner of the day’.
Once we have had some practice at being 'Independent Learners', we start to turn our focus towards working collaboratively. We work as a team to achieve a mission whilst also taking on one more role each: the facilitator, the time-keeper, the resources manager and the note-taker. We have to really pay attention to our oracy skills to make sure that we are all sharing ideas and being productive with our time.