With thanks to the amazing Hattie.
A large element of the academic side of our school life is built on the TLO's concepts of Building Learning Power. Having recently spoken to another Head of Department, who I trust and whose practice I fully respect, who has recently received training from the company, it is something which a lot of MFL departments do already, to a certain degree. We encourage our students to reflect on HOW they learn, not just what they are learning. We ask our students to reflect on the skills that they have used to come to their answers. With BLP these are known as Learning Habits. A simplified explanation, but...
Anyway, at the start of each session students are encouraged to reflect on what Habits they feel they will need to do in order to best reach the stated objectives. Lots of useful language to exploit there, so I've attached the Objectives and Habits slide that I use.
However, the crucial thing that I've done at the start of this term is to tape to all of my tables a learning mat containing all of the crucial language to suggest what Habits students feel they will need to use and then which they feel they did use or need to work at. It also contains the key phonics grid provided by the amazing Rachel Hawkes. And was has been fascinating is how even beginners have found the grid easy to start building reflective sentences, self-differentiating using the extension column at the end. All in all, it's been darned useful- and will hopefully only get more so as students become familiar with the core language.
Anyway, I know that some people out there already adopt the BLP stance in their schools, so I thought it might be useful for some people!